The former Governors of Kwara state and the former Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Bukola Saraki has expressed his joy and happiness over the recent judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos which lifted the earlier Oder of temporary forfeiture of his Ikoyi house in Lagos to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Saraki who was a special guest to the Rivers state governor at the commissioning of the statehouse clinic built by Governor Nyesom wike in Port Harcourt said:
" let me say I'm the happiest person here today, I came here this afternoon and a few minutes ago, I received a phone call that I have won in a court case where I am being persecuted by the EFCC, everyone is aware that the case is politically motivated. When His Excellency, Governor Wike told me about this program, I knew the judgement was today but I made up my mind to be here anyway, I thank God Almighty for the victory "
Recall the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC had filed an application before a Lagos Federal High Court for the forfeiture of Senator Bukola Saraki's house in Ikoyi Lagos, with an allegation that he purchased the said house with proceed of illegal fund acquired from the Kwara state fund while he was the governor of Kwara state.
The Court presided over by Hon. Justice Mohammed Liman had earlier made an order of temporary forfeiture of the said properties on the 21st of October, 2019 based on the application made by the EFCC.
The Court, however, lifted the earlier order of temporary forfeiture and rejected the fresh application by the EFCC for an order of permanent forfeiture of the properties located at 17 and 17A MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. Hon. Justice Liman in his ruling declared that the EFCC has failed to prove that the money used to purchase the said property was proceeds of illegal activities.
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