Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has accused the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission of embarking on a political witch-hunt and abuse of court process, in securing an interim forfeiture order on his house in Ilorin, Kwara state.
Saraki made the statement in a reaction to the interim forfeiture order granted the EFCC by a Federal High Court in Lagos. He vowed to contest the interim seizure in court.
He said the order was an abuse of court process and a violation of a subsisting order of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
According to him, EFCC’s penchant for abusing the nation’s judicial institution is the reason it filed a suit in Lagos on a property situated in Ilorin.
In the statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki noted that another Federal High Court in Abuja presided over by Justice Taiwo Taiwo had given an order “restraining the respondents (EFCC) by themselves, their subordinates, agents, servants, or privies howsoever, from seizing, impounding, taking over, confiscating or otherwise forfeiting the Applicant’s (Saraki) right to own and peacefully enjoy any of his assets and properties”.
“The EFCC’s claim that the Ilorin property was built by any proceed of fraud is outrightly false”, Saraki said.