‘Burnt documents’ reveal Saraki transferred over $3m to US account within 4 years

Embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki reportedly transferred up to $3.47 million to a foreign account during his tenure as governor of Kwara state.

According to Premium Times newspapers, the total sum was paid in 40 installments in four years with his credit card to the United States.

Saraki is on trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged non-declaration of assets, fraud and operating a foreign account while in public service.

During the ongoing trial, Micheal Wetkas, the first prosecution witness had affirmed that some documents detailing the said transaction done by Saraki were reported to have been destroyed in a fire.

Wetkas revealed this during a cross-examination by Saraki’s counsel, Paul Usoro at the CCT on Tuesday, April 19.

According to Wetkas, ‘there were also police reports and affidavit which they (the GTB) swore to show that some documents were burnt.’

However, details from documents seen by Premium Times revealed that Saraki, on August 26, 2009, transferred the sum of $72,223.25 to the American Express Services Europe Limited no: 730580 for onward credit to the American Express Bank, New York card account No:374588216836009.

He was reportedly charged a commission of $732.23 by the bank. The purpose of the transfer has not been determined.

That same day, Carlisle Properties Investment, a company owned by Saraki transferred another $49,969.00.

Between September 2009 and October 2012, the Senate President reportedly transferred over $3 million.

According to the document, in 2009 Saraki allegedly transferred $127,174.05 on September 8; $85,543.88 on October 21; and $127,586.41 on November 11.

In 2010, he is believed to have transferred $140,319 on January 4; $140,000 on March 15; $84,000 on April 16; $134,000 on May 18; $64,000 on June 21; $80,984 on July 29; $100,000 on August 31; $18,000 on September 2; $$48,900 on October 11; and $183,232.46 on December 8.

In 2011, he also reportedly transferred $32,687 on February 21; $30,656.74 on March 22; $111,444.79 on June 22; $43, 651 on July 19; $91,738 on August 16; $10,000 on August 26; $65,000 on August 29; $112,140 on September 27; $147,000 on November 17; and $86,872.10 on December 14.

The document further indicated that in 2012, he transferred $50,000 on January 4; $145,000 on January 27; $7000 on January 27; $94,754.63 on February 10; $60,000 on April 12; $70,000 on May 11; $55,000 on May 17; $89,411.74 on June 12; $45,000 on September 6; and $45,308 on September 24; $130,000 on October 11; $77,000 on February 17; $77,000 on February 20; $70,648.44 on March 29; $70,000 on July 4; $138,000 on July 16; and $45,000 on September 5.

Even as the senate president made this transfers, his companies also made transfers of their own totaling $2,099,257.00.

In 2009, Carlisle also transferred $59,964 on September 7; $99,961.30 on October 16; $109,000 on November 11; $50,000 on August 12; and $150,000 on December 31.

In 2010, the company transferred $40,000 on April 14; $44,000 on April 15; $134,000 on May 14; $64,000 on June 17; $40,000 on July 23; $90,000 on August 27; $10,000 on August 30; $9,974 on August 31; $6,900 on September 1; $7,974 on September 2; $42,600 on October 5; and $183,000 on December 6.

In 2011, it further transferred $32,000 on February 21; $30,700 on March 17; $40,730.35 on May 5; $111,400 on June 7; $43,660 on July 18; $48,800 on August 10; $43,000 on August 16; $25,750 on August 29; $40,250 on August 29; $112,800 on September 26; and $150,200 on November 17.

In 2012, $146,975 on January 26; $71,000 on May 11; $5,450 on June 7; and $5,000 on December 7, were also transferred by the company.

CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar had earlier ordered that Saraki’s trial would be a daily affair.

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