As the Code of Conduct Tribunal trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, resumed on Monday, the first prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, continuing his testimony, revealed how Saraki allegedly bought a property at 17, Mcdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, and paid in 7 tranches.
The said property, the prosecution stated, was not included in the asset declaration form filled by the Senate President for the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara State.
The prosecution tendered to the court, cheques allegedly drawn from Saraki’s personal account and the account of his company, Carlise Properties and Investments Limited, for payment for the property.
The summation of all the tranches of payment amounted to N522,060,000.
Wetkas, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, told the court that he was a part of the inter-agency committee that launched an investigation into Saraki’s affairs.
He said: “The part payment was from GTB account of Carlie Properties and Investment Ltd. There is a draft before me for N256,300,000 which was part payment for 17, Mcdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.”
“There is another draft before me of N12,815,000 which was part payment for 17, Mcdonald, Ikoyi. There is another draft of a total of N24,090,000. That total is broken down into. – N20m from Zenith Bank and N4,090,000 from GTB. The total of the two are part payment for 17 Mcdonald, Ikoyi.”
“The N20m from the Zenith Bank account of Carlie Properties and Investments Ltd while N4,090,000 was also from Carlie Properties and Investment Ltd with GTB.”
“There is another draft before me for N180,675,000 dated April 3, 2007. It was also part payment for 17 Mcdonald Ikoyi from the defendant’s personal account with GTB.”
“I have another draft of N36,135,000 dated January 10, 2007. The draft was cleared in Carlie Properties and Investments Ltd’s account in GTB and that also forms part payment for 17 Mcdonald, Ikoyi. There is another draft of N12,045,000 dated January 10, 2007.”
All the drafts were tendered and admitted as exhibits.
The court also admitted as exhibits – Saraki’s asset declaration form submitted to the CCB in 2011.