How Saraki transferred N20m into account with ‘American Express Bank’

As the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki commenced on Wednesday, April 20, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission revealed to the court how the defendant allegedly transferred N20 million ($73,000) to a foreign account while serving as governor of Kwara state.

The first prosecution witness, Micheal Wetkas revealed this while reading count 11 of the charge sheet against Saraki.

Wetkas told the court that: “Count 11 of the charge sheet according to my understanding, Saraki operated a foreign bank account while he was the Governor of Kwara State where he transferred $73,223.28 which is equivalent to about N20m from his Guaranteed Trust Bank account to American Express Bank to his New York Account.”

He also told the court that the anti-graft agency got wind of the said transfer while investigating Saraki’s transactions as governor of Kwara state.

“All the request made by the investigation team to the bank was an off-shoot of the debit transactions already consummated on that particular account.”

Furthermore he said “there is no doubt that this transaction was actually carried out to American Express Bank. The debit account of the defendant and the bank was very clear about the money transfered and where it was transfered to.”

“The bank was invited and they confirmed that the transaction was actually carried out.”

The trial continues.

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