Magu’s probe: Court orders EFCC to return Saraki’s seized properties

Magu's probe: Court orders EFCC to return Saraki's seized properties

Following the truth, revealed during the suspended acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, arrests, Ibrahim Magu, who is currently facing 12 corruption count charges leveled against him by the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami over N550bn fraud under Magu’s watch. The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has quashed its order, direct the EFCC to return all the seized properties to the former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa said he was not satisfied with the claims of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as to the origin of the properties orders the agency to release the houses to Saraki immediately.

Although, the anti-graft agency had claimed Saraki acquired the properties with proceeds of “monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when he was Governor.

“…Whilst he (Saraki) held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m will be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“Upon the payment of the said N100m, the same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr. Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House,” EFCC officer said.

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Saraki’s lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju said the EFCC suit filed the anti-graft agency against the former Senate President, was an act of abuse, and attempt to scandalize him.

He argued, the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this action.”

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