Bukola Saraki, former senate president, has said that the court action, which is the interim forfeiture of the two properties in Lagos, will not stand when the court gets to hear his side of the story.
Saraki said the court’s judge in Lagos ‘was not aware of all these facts and has therefore been misled into giving the temporary forfeiture order. ‘
A federal high court sitting in Lagos had ordered the temporary forfeiture of two properties of Saraki in the Ikoyi area of Lagos state following an ex-parte application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s media aide, said his lawyers and himself were not aware of any application by the EFCC for any forfeiture order.
He said: “We are sure the FHC judge in Lagos was not aware of all these facts and has therefore been misled into giving the temporary forfeiture order.
The affected property, House Number 17 A and 17B, was specifically listed in the case against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in which the EFCC was part of the prosecution and the case went up to the Supreme Court where the apex court in its July 6, 2018 judgement ruled in his favour,” he said in a statement.
“The Supreme Court has ruled that the source of funds for the purchase of the property was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution. On pages 12, 13 and 26 of the judgement of the highest court, this particular property on 17A McDonald Street, Ikoyi, was specifically referred to and the court upheld the no case submission of Dr. Saraki and therefore ruled in his favour.”
“We know that any action which tends to mislead the court amounts to misrepresentation and it is a good ground for us to get the Court to throw away the order it issued today. We are sure the order will be reversed,” he said.
“We therefore call on all the friends, associates and supporters of Dr. Saraki to remain calm because we know this action will not stand when