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Reasons why court ordered EFCC to return Saraki's houses.(Opinion).

If you would recall, the Economic Financial Crime Commission in December got a court ruling to temporarily seize the former Senate president's houses located at plot NO 10 and 11 Abdulkadir Road GRA, Ilorin, Kwara state. Those were the properties seized from the former senator by the anti-graft agency. It was alleged that he bought those properties from the illegal proceed he made as governor of Kwara state from 2003 to 2011.

Reason why the court ruled otherwise

Apparently, it was the same judge who gave the order for the temporary seizure of the properties, that gave another ruling nullifying the seizure. Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the federal high court gave the ruling.

1, Abuse of power - the anti-graft agency as a body seems to be abusing their constitutional rights by approaching a court to give an order of interim seizure of the properties. Having made their point, there was no substantive evidence to nail the properties as ill-gotten. Approaching the court for permanent seizure with no good premise was out of place.

2, Saraki made a case out of it - knowing fully well how he got the properties, he approached the court with his evidence to lay credence that yes these properties are mine and not ill-gotten.

3, No sufficient basis or evidence - according to justice Rilwan, he noted that he can not find his way through to grant the agency permanent seizure request as there are no adequate or enough basis or evidence laid by the EFCC to do so.

4, The check-up in the leadership of the agency - Accurately, at the beginning of this month the acting chairman of the agency was arrested for allegations bordering on corruption and mismanagement of fund. This maybe may have been the reason why the court ruled in favor of the former Kwara state senator.

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EFCC Economic Financial Crime Commission Kwara Rilwan Aikawa Saraki


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