Saraki Owned, Serviced Foreign Accounts While Kwara Governor

The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki continued at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Abuja with a prosecution witness telling the court how Saraki, during his time as the Governor of Kwara State, transferred huge sums of money to his foreign accounts in the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

According to the witness, Nwachukwu Amazu, a staff of the Guarantee Trust Bank, Saraki maintained an account with the American Express Service Europe Ltd as well as another with the Fortis Bank in London.

Amazu told the court that Saraki, who also had a domiciliary account with GTB, made several transfers from his GTB account to the various foreign accounts.

“He has a domiciliary account, with the GTB in US dollars and in pound sterling. The domiciliary account is domiciled in Ilorin,” he said.

On one occasion, the witness said Saraki transferred $73,000 to his American account to fund his credit card.When asked to explain the mode of operation of the foreign credit card, the witness said he has no idea how the card operates.

“I don’t know anything about the card, except if I explain with my knowledge of the GTB credit card in the Nigerian perspective,” he said.

Amazu said he worked with the funds transfer unit of the GTB, between 2006 and 2009 before he was transferred and later returned to head the unit in 2011.

    He said that the Senate President made other transfers including the transfer of £761, 904. 76 in February 2010.The witness said another sum of £632, 411.7 was also transferred for the defendant to Fortis Bank in London.

    Amazu was led in evidence by counsel to the federal government, Rotimi Jacobs.It should be noted that the Nigerian code of conduct prohibits public officials including state governors from operating foreign bank accounts.

    Saraki is being tried by the federal government on allegations of false assets declaration during his time as Kwara State governor.

    He was absent at the Senate plenary on Tuesday due to the trial and in his absence, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu presided over the proceedings.

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