A former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has asked the Federal High Court in Lagos State to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) for final forfeiture of his house in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The EFCC in December had secured an interim order for the forfeiture of the house located at 1, Abdulkadir Street, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State, on the grounds that it was acquired with proceeds of corruption. Justice Rilwan Aikawa had ordered the interim forfeiture of the property and invited anyone with an interest in the property to show cause why it should be seized.
But in response, the two-term Kwara State Governor through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju, described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him.
In the suit no. FHC/L/CS/1867/2019, Mr Ogunwumiju filed a preliminary objection to the court ruling, stating that the suit filed by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes.
He argued that it was a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018, decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this action.”
He further said the case was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He, therefore, urged Mr Aikawa to dismiss it.