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Court misled into granting order, says Saraki

Former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki,  has said that the court was misled into taking the action. In a statement by his Special Adviser on…

Former Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki,  has said that the court was misled into taking the action.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki stated that neither him nor his lawyers were aware of any application by the EFCC for any forfeiture order.

He said there is a subsisting court order issued by the Federal High Court, Abuja, in which the same property was a subject matter and where the EFCC and the Federal Ministry of Justice were parties. He said the court in that case gave an order restraining the EFCC from taking any further action until the matter was determined.

“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.

“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. We are sure the order will be reversed’’.

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