Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, witness, Michael Wetcast, yesterday testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal that Sentate President, Bukola Saraki, authorised the transfer of $ 3.4 million to his account with the America Express Bank in New York, United States of America.
At the resumed hearing of the case, Mr. Wetcast, led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, said the defendant directed GTBank to transfer the funds to America Express Services, Europe Limited.
He said the money was later forwarded to Saraki’s bank account at America Express Bank in New York with registration number 730580 on August 25, 2008.
The witness said on November 5, 2005, that $20,000 was lodged into Mr. Saraki’s GTB account at GRA Ilorin branch by one Bayo Dare and Abdul Adama.
The defence lawyer, Paul Usoro, did not object to the admissibility of the bank documents, but he reserves his arguments till a later date.
Meanwhile, 90 lawyers yesterday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja appeared for embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial over false assets declaration.
It would be recalled that 51 lawyers had on Tuesday announced their appearance for him. Also, on March 18, 81 lawyers, including six Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) had appeared for the Senate President, while on March 11, 66 lawyers had also announced their appearance for the matter.
At yesterday’s sitting Kanu Agabi (SAN), Saraki’s lead counsel, reeled off 90 names, including that of four senior lawyers.
However, power failure compelled CCT chairman,Danladi Umar, to adjourn the trial to April 18.
The outage occurred while Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the federal government, was leading a prosecution witness in evidence.
Earlier, counsel to Saraki, Kanu Agabi, had pleaded with the judge for an adjournment, but Umar insisted that he was ready to continue the case until 6pm.
At the proceedings, Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, had detailed how Senate President Bukola Saraki allegedly received monthly salaries from the Kwara State Government for four years after leaving office as governor.
He had also alleged that Saraki used conjured names to launder billions of naira. Testifying against the senate president at the CCT, the EFCC detective said, among many other revelations, that Abdul Adama, one of Saraki’s personal assistants, made transaction 50 times into the former governor’s account in a single day, broken down to N600,000 and N900,000 on each occasion.
He added that “after that, one Ubi made a lodgment on the same day about 20 times in the same range of N600,000 and N900,000.”
Saraki was arraigned by the EFCC on a 13-count charge bordering on allegations of false asset declaration and money laundering at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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