$10,000 Was Lodge Into Saraki’s Account 18 Times – EFCC
An official of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Michael Wetcast, on Wednesday told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that $180,000 was lodged into the account of the President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
Saraki is facing a 13-count charge bordering on allegations of false asset declaration and money laundering before the CCT.
He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.
At the resumed hearing of the case, the EFCC witness, who was led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said the money was lodged by different individuals.
Wetcast said Saraki himself lodged $30,000 as part of the total sum of $180,000 allegedly lodged into his account.
He said $50,000 was also lodged into Saraki’s account on June 12, 2009 by one Garba Dare.
He added: “My lord, on August 24, 2009, the sum of $99,975 was lodged into Saraki’s account, which was later transferred to a Bureau de Change company by name Bin Dahuuh.
“Also, on August 26, 2009, the sum of $49.969 was lodged into the same account by TARLISE Properties and Investment Limited.”
The witness also said that Saraki authorised a bank draft of N256.3 million in the name of the Committee on the Implementation of the Sales of Federal Government Landed Properties.
The tribunal admitted all the documents relating to the transactions into evidence.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Umar Danladi, adjourned the case till April 18 for continuation of trial.