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Saraki Trial EFCC witness admits evidence tendered against Senate President was incomplete

He alleged that Saraki acquired the property through his company, Carlyed Properties Limited.

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At the resumed hearing of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki's trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Wednesday, May 25, the first prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, admitted that some of the evidences he tendered against Saraki are incomplete.

The witness said that an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) alleged that Saraki did not declare a property he bought in 1993 during his assets declaration of 2003.

He alleged that Saraki acquired the property through his company, Carlyed Properties Limited.

But when Saraki’s lawyer, Paul Usoro (SAN), asked the Wetkas to verify exhibit 20, a letter by the EFCC asking the Abuja Geographical Information System (AGIS) for information on the property Saraki did not declare, he admitted that the commission tendered an incomplete evidence.

“I believe that in the course of administrative work and numbering some parts went missing,” the witness said.

Usoro further stated that Saraki, in an attempt to ensure transparency in his transactions, gave the power of attorney, that is - the authority to act for another person in a specified or all legal or financial matters - to both Akao and Allied Properties.

In his testimony, the witness also stated that according to Exhibit 125 and 126, the original Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) and all other supporting documents of the Maitama property in question, were in the name of David Baba Akao.

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On further cross-examination, Wetkas also admitted that Allied Properties, a company that was registered on 15th March 1992, also received another C of O, from former FCT Minister, Nasir El Rufai, in its name. This makes the Federal Government charge against Saraki lack merit.

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