The immediate past Senate President, Olubukola Saraki has reacted to the judgment of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos that ordered the immediate forfeiture of two of his houses to the government on grounds of purchasing them with illicit funds.
According to the former Senate President, the Supreme Court has already found him innocent of the same crime on which the Federal High court is indicting him.
The Supreme court in a verdict on the 6th of July, 2018, after several sittings and hearing both legal counsels of the prosecution and defence , declared that the source of purchase of the properties was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution. The Supreme Court verdict still stands and therefore invalidates the forfeiture judgement of the Lagos High court, as argued by Saraki.
Former Senate President made this known in a series of tweets his his verified Twitter account;
My attention has been drawn to an Order granted by a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos pursuant to an ex-parte application by
It is my belief that the Judge was misled into granting this Order and was not presented with the full position of the law or the facts
It is my belief that the Court was not informed of a pending Order of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja restraining @officialEFCC from taking any steps regarding the seizure of the property in question pending the determination of a suit filed before that Court.
I also believe that the Court was not made aware that the property in question formed part of the judgment of the Court given on July 6, 2018 where the Supreme Court declared that the source of funds for the purchase of the property was not illicit as claimed by the prosecution.
The Supreme Court specifically referred to No 17a McDonald Road, Ikoyi on pages 12, 13 and 26 of its judgment upholding the no-case submission made before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
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I am confident that once these facts and the declaration of the Supreme Court are brought before the Court, this Order will be vacated. My lawyers will be approaching the Court immediately to achieve this.
See the tweets;
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