Saraki Celebrates Victory Over Return Of His Houses. Thanks Judiciary, others

Saraki Celebrates Victory Over Return Of His Houses. Thanks
Judiciary, others
After 5th Victory Against EFCC, Saraki Thanks Judiciary,
Family, Colleagues, Friends, Associates

  1. Today, as always, I thank Almighty Allah as I welcome the
    judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos, by the
    Honorable Justice Rilwan M. Aikawa in which the court
    dismissed in its totality the application by the Economic
    and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a forfeiture
    order on my home in Ilorin, Kwara State. I am particularly
    happy that the court specifically ruled that there was no
    evidence that the property was built with any illicit or stolen
    funds from the Kwara State Government or any other
    institution or quarter, whatsoever.
  2. The last five years have been very challenging for me and
    my family. I have endured and defeated one false allegation
    and malicious litigation after another, in an ill-motivated
    persecution, intimidation and harassment, through which
    some vested interests sought to damage my name and
    label me with charges of corruption but with the grace of
    Allah, I have always been victorious. I thank God for the
    outcome of this case which is the fifth victory in cases in
    which the EFCC was either the main investigating agency or
    the plaintiff.
  3. It is obvious that the EFCC leadership under its erstwhile
    acting chair, Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha Magu decided to take
    the issue of his non-confirmation by the 8th Senate which I
    led, personally. However, I know that the Senate under my
    leadership only followed the due and normal procedure
    during the confirmation process and we never executed any
    personal agenda against Magu. The records of the Senate
    during the period is there for the perusal of all Nigerians
    interested in the truth.
  4. I hope that with the outcome of today’s case, the EFCC
    learns that a serious issue like the fight against corruption
    should not be reduced to a forum-shopping means to
    execute a personal vendetta or prosecute a parochial
    agenda. Fighting corruption and combating economic crime
    requires stakeholders to eschew coercion while employing
    upright diligence, due process, fairness, equity and broad
    mindedness in dealing with all cases and persons.
  5. The deployment of a state institution to fight a personal
    and partisan battle, particularly with the use of the mass
    and social media as championed by the EFCC was aimed at
    inflicting damage to my name, reputation and elective public
    service record through a targeted misinformation and
    disinformation campaign of calumny, also directed at
    intimidating the judiciary. It was directed at giving the wrong
    impression about me. As I record yet another vindication by
    the competent court of law, God’s willing, my focus will
    now shift to more serious issues.
  6. It is the grace of Allah and the support of my family that
    saw me through these past trying years. My family members
    have withstood with courage, candor, resilience and grace
    the war of attrition which was also directed at them. I thank
    all of them. Let me also express appreciation to my
    supporters across the country, particularly those in Kwara
    State, my colleagues in the 8th Senate, my friends,
    associates and lawyers for standing by me all through the
    period of the travails.
  7. It is important to put it on record that I hold no grudge
    against any individual for their roles in my trials. My
    experience in the last five years has only strengthened my
    faith in Almighty Allah, the Nigerian nation and her judiciary
    which has always risen above the din to give justice at all
    times and in all situation. Definitely, I remain unflinching in
    my belief that we need to build a functional society which
    creates the right atmosphere for all to aspire to be whatever
    positive they desire.
  8. At this point, let me strongly express my support for the
    anti-corruption war and the institutions created to
    prosecute this war. My antecedents show that I have always
    sponsored and backed initiatives in this direction. I was part
    of the team that initiated the enactment of the Fiscal
    Responsibility Act and Public Procurement Act under the
    Obasanjo administration. As Governor of Kwara State, my
    government was the first state to introduce the Price
    Intelligence Unit and was also the first state to submit our
    financial process for rating by Fitch, the global rating
    agency. As a member of the 7th Senate, I sponsored the
    motion which exposed the monumental fraud in fuel
    subsidy payments while the 8th Senate under my leadership
    passed five different bills aimed at strengthening the fight
    against corruption, particularly the law that created the
    National Financial Intelligence Agency (NFIA).
  9. With today’s decision of the Court, it is my expectation
    that the EFCC, which has played significant roles in the
    various court cases against me from the CCT to Supreme
    Court and back at the Federal High Court with the
    consequent media trial and malicious campaigns, will now
    leave me alone to live my life, and enjoy my unfettered
    rights to freedom of thought, expression, association,
    occupation and dignity, as a private citizen and focus on
    serious issues of national development.
  10. Thank you, all.
    Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
    13th President of the Senate and Board Chair,
    The Africa Politeia Institute, TAPI.

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