CCT: Saraki Claims Asset Form Was Tampered With, Witness Alleges He Had 16 Cars Worth N263.4m Before Becoming Governor



Senate President Bukola Saraki, yesterday during his trial alleged that his assets’ declaration form submitted in 2003 when he first became Governor of Kwara State had been tampered with.

Saraki’s council, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN) alleged that the refusal of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to interface with him on the form was because they knew he would challenge them on insertions made on the form.

However, the EFCC witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, who was being cross-examined by Saraki’s counsel, denied the allegation, saying the form was filled in and signed by Saraki before a competent judge. Wetkas also alleged that Saraki equally owned landed property worth over N3 billion.
Saraki’s lawyer however alleged that 15a & b, McDonald Road, Ikoyi was inserted in the assets declaration form his client submitted in 2003.

He said there was no way Saraki would have in 2003, made anticipatory declaration of an asset that was put up for sale by the Federal Government in 2006, which the defendant subsequently acquired in 2008.
Saraki had told the tribunal that he had no reason to steal or embezzle public funds, having over N4 billion before becoming the governor of Kwara State in 2003.

He further argued that all the evidence of money laundering adduced by the Federal Government against him was totally irrelevant as he was already a wealthy person before becoming the Kwara State governor.

To drive home this point, the Senate president through one of his counsel referred the tribunal to his assets’ declaration forms submitted to the CCB in September 2003.

The document, which was read out at the tribunal by the prosecution witness, revealed that Saraki had 13 exotic cars valued at N263.400 million before he became governor of Kwara State.

They include Mercedes G.500 bullet proof car valued at N45 million, Mercedes S500 worth N30 million, Lexus SUV bullet proof worth N30 million, Mercedes S320 valued at N16 million; Mercedes S500 valued at N20 million, Mercedes G500 at the cost of N6 million, Mercedes V.220 at N2 million, Rally 456GT at the value of N25 million as well as Navigator valued at N15 million.

Others are Mercedes MM240 valued at N8.5 million, Peugeot 406 at N2.9 million, Mercedes CLK320 valued at N9 million and Mercedes E320 valued at N11 million.

The value of the Senate president in physical cash as at September 16, 2003 was also put at $22 million, £12 million, 2.6 Euros and N4 billion.

Document also showed that Saraki was worth N2 billion in landed properties.





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