Another tywist was yesterday recorded on the on-going trial of the Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on false asset declaration, as a prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that he had no official documents linking the Senate president to the ownership of London properties for which he (Saraki) is facing trial.
Wetkas made the confession during cross-examination by the defence counsel, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), when he said prosecution only obtained unofficial information of the London properties from their foreign partners in London.
He said the partners promised to oblige them with the official documents of the properties, but were yet to do so.
“In our investigation, we normally receive unofficial information from our foreign partners,” he said.
The EFCC witness also informed the tribunal that Saraki used the N375million obtained from GTBank to buy House No. 7 and 8, Whittaker Street, London, in 2011 and 2015, respectively.
He said the tilled number of the House No. 8 was NGL802235 and the second property number was NGL802661.
The witness said he had requested from the GTBank to oblige him with the details of the properties and the address and that the bank told them that the addresses of the properties were not disclosed to them.
Wetkas said the loan documents attached showed that the N375miilion loan collected by Saraki from GTBank and the narration indicated that he used the said money to buy properties in London.
“When we see the statement on the mortgage redemption transfer telex, we are convinced that the defendant used the funds to acquire property in London,” he said.
However, EFCC counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) lamented the pace at which the defence was handling the case.
Jacobs accused the defence of attempting to confuse and demoralise the witness.
Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar adjourned the case till May 25 …Read More
Source:: Nigerian Pilot