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EFCC: PA paid between N600k and N900k into Saraki’s GTB account ’50 times in a single day’

EFCC: PA paid between N600k and N900k into Saraki’s GTB account ’50 times in a single day’
April 05
15:26 2016

Michael Wetkas, a detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday narrated how Senate President Bukola Saraki allegedly used fictitious names to launder billions of naira.

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Testifying against the senate president at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the EFCC detective said, among many other revelations, that Abdul Adama, one of Saraki’s personal assistants, made transaction 50 times into the former governor’s account in a single day, broken down to N600,000 and N900,000 on each occasion.

“When the defendant was governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011, the commission received several petitions from various groups. One of the petitioners was Kwara Freedom Network. They brought several petitions all bordering on abuse of office by the defendant, misappropriation of public fund and money laundering,” he said.

“Sometime in 2014, the then executive chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde received intelligence reports of suspicious transactions involving the defendant. He set up a team of investigators. Our task was to investigate the intelligence reports.

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“The investigation report was reviewed by my team. In the course of our investigation, we discovered that there were several companies which were linked to the defendant. Some of them include Carlisle Properties Investment Ltd, Skyview Properties Ltd, LimKvars Ltd, and TIly-lie Ltd. Some of the companies maintain accounts at Guaranty Trust Bank(GTB), Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and other banks.

“From the investigation, it was discovered that the defendant maintained three accounts at GTB. The first account is a naira currency account, the second is a US dollar account and the third is a pound sterling account.

“The naira account was analysed, and it was discovered that between 2005 and 2013, the account had an in-flow of about N4bn. The major source of inflow into the accounts was loans taken from GTB within the period. The loans were about N2.5bn, and the other source of inflows into the account was massive lodgments by individuals. Other in flows into the account were from the companies.

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“It was discovered that money was used for purchase of property. The dollar account was also analysed. The major source of inflow into the dollar account was Tily-lie Properties Ltd, which was about $2m. Other source was from bureau de change companies. And the rest was cash lodgments by individuals.

“The cash in the dollar account between 2009 and 2013 was $6m. We discovered that up to $3.4m was wired to American Express Services Europe Limited, which was used to fund the defendant’s American Express Service New York card account number 374588216836009. The defendant wired over 1.5m pound sterling to Fortis Bank for the purchase of a property in the UK.

“After that, because of the suspicious inflows into the account, the bank (GTB) officials were invited. The reason for the invitation of the officials was that some of the individuals who were making the cash lodgment into the account were bank officials.

“One Oluwa Todimu reported to the commission. From our of interactions with him, we discovered that some of the lodgments were made through a superior at the bank, Bayo Daudu, who was the relationship manager of the account. In our interaction with Daudu, it was discovered the cash sums were handed over to him by the defendant for lodgment in the account. According to Daudu, he goes to Kwara state government house to collect the money from the defendant for lodgment into the account at the GRA Ilorin branch of GTB.

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“We discovered one name, Abdul Adama who made transaction 50 times into the account in a single day. The sum was broken down to N600,000 and N900,000, and was lodged in the same day.

“Subsequently, after that one Ubi made a lodgment on the same day about 20 times in the same range of N600,000 and N900,000, we looked for Adama and invited him. He reported that the cash sums were handed over to him by the defendant and stated further that the cash sums that were lodged in by Ubi into the same account were from the defendant.

“Adama and Ubi were personal assistants to the defendant while he was governor. Further investigations revealed that other individuals who made lodgments into the account were fictitious. GTB said they had done the needful by reporting the suspicious transactions to FIU.”

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10 Comments

  1. mohjib
    mohjib April 05, 16:12

    It’s the beginning of the end for SP Bukola saraki. I hope the end justify the means.

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  2. Parrot
    Parrot April 05, 18:03

    The SP Bukuola Saraki should resign now that trial has commenced to save the hallowed chambers of the senate the excruciating pains of seeing their leader in the dock as more revelations will bring shame to all the Senators.

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  3. iceman
    iceman April 05, 20:21

    so saraki should just resign honorably. he cannot bring about the needed change we needed at this point in time.

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  4. Lion King
    Lion King April 05, 20:33

    saraki must be jailed no option of fine. This is too much.

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  5. Specie
    Specie April 06, 11:35

    It is unfortunate that nature bestowed upon us the likes of Saraki as our rulers. I weep for Nigeria. But the day of reckon is here. The majority and impoverished Nigerians must rally support for this PMB govt to deal with these rapers of our economy.

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  6. ezii
    ezii April 06, 15:40

    his end has com

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  7. omomummy
    omomummy April 06, 20:11

    nawa oooo…….
    only a single individual sat on so much money as this and u say Nigeria is poor?

    Nigeria is really rich bt poor and greedy people like Saraki has done Her(Nigeria) so much harm and damage……
    I believe in a better tomoro for Nigeria wen all d likes of Saraki would hav been given due judgmnts

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  8. Drvictor
    Drvictor April 07, 22:03

    Your comment..this nigeria shar

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