A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has issued an order for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to temporarily forfeit two houses belonging to a former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, in Ilorin, Kwara State.
The EFCC said it believed that Saraki developed the two properties with proceeds of unlawful activities and monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011, when Saraki was the governor of the state.
Based on an ex parte application filed by the EFCC, Justice Rilwan Aikawa ordered the temporary forfeiture of Saraki’s two properties designated as Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State.
Reacting to the judgment, Saraki maintained that the interim forfeiture order on his Ilorin home by the EFCC was an abuse of the court process and a violation of a subsisting order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, vowed to challenge the verdict at a higher court of competent jurisdiction.