More damning testimonies against Bukola Saraki continued on Monday at the CCT when a witness, Michael Wetkas, revealed that the accused allegedly bought a property at 17, Mcdonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, for N522million, in seven tranches.
It was part of the properties the Senate President failed to declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara State.
The lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), through the witness, tendered cheques allegedly drawn from Saraki’s personal account and the account of his firm, Carlie Properties and Investments Limited for payment for the property.
According to Wetkas, the property was bought in the name of Tiny Tee Limited from the Implementation from the Presidential Committee on the Sale of Federal Government Properties between 2006 and 2007.
The witness, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, had said he was part of the inter-agency committee that investigated Saraki.
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.
Also admitted as exhibits among other documents was Saraki’s asset declaration form submitted to the CCB in 2011.