Court orders Saraki to forfeit billion naira properties

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has forfeited his properties to the government
Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has also forfeited his properties to the government

A Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos on Monday, December 2, 2019, ordered for interim forfeiture of the Ilorin residence of the the immediate past Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The Ilorin Zonal Office of the EFCC had approached the Court Presided over by Justice Ridwan Aikawa for an order of interim forfeiture of about one billion naira property located at 1, Abdulkadir street, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State on the grounds that it was acquired through the proceeds of unlawful activity.

Ruling on the exparte application filed by EFCC Lawyer, Rotimi Oyedipo, Justice Aikawa ordered the interim forfeiture of the property, said Court Order should be published in a national newspaper.

Saraki had earlier vowed to challenge the verdict of Justice Liman to forfeit his properties to the government because they were not acquired through illicit funds.

“My attention has been drawn to an order granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos pursuant to an ex-parte application by EFCC.

“It is my belief that the judge was misled into granting this Order and was not presented with the full position of the law or the facts.

“My attention has been drawn to an order granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos pursuant to an ex-parte application by EFCC.

“It is my belief that the judge was misled into granting this Order and was not presented with the full position of the law or the facts.

“It is my belief that the court was not informed of a pending order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja restraining EFCC from taking any steps regarding the seizure of the property in question pending the determination of a suit filed before that court.

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