EFCC accuse Saraki of diverting N10b from Kwara state account

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alleged before a sitting judge of the Federal High Court of Lagos that former Senate President Bukola Saraki of diverted N10 billion belonging to Kwara State.

The anti-graft agency yesterday accused Saraki of diverting the sum in monthly tranches of N100 million between 2003 and 2011 while he was the state governor.

EFCC claimed that Saraki spent N1.09 billion out of the N10 billion Federal allocation to build two houses in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.

The commission’s lawyer Rotimi Oyedepo prayed Justice Rilwan Aikawa to forfeit the houses to the Federal Government.

But the ex-governor denied the allegations through his lawyer, Mr Kehinde Ogunwunmiju (SAN), and opposed the prayer for forfeiture.

Justice Aikwa adjourned till April 27 for judgment.

The EFCC, on December 2, 2019, obtained an order temporarily forfeiting the houses on Plots 10 and 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, to the Federal Government.

Oyedepo applied, yesterday, that the interim forfeiture order be made permanent.

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