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MORE TROUBLES FOR SARAKI AS PREMIUM TIMES UNCOVERS DESTROYED GTBANK DOCUMENTS THAT SHOW HOW HE TRANSFERRED $3 MILLION TO U.S. Business News 

MORE TROUBLES FOR SARAKI AS PREMIUM TIMES UNCOVERS DESTROYED GTBANK DOCUMENTS THAT SHOW HOW HE TRANSFERRED $3 MILLION TO U.S.

  It is said that when the gods are against a
man, nothing on his path seems right. If you doubt the statement of old, ask
the President of the Nigeria Senate, Bukola Saraki.

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Times report that could make his days with courts more cinematic:

“The
embattled Senate President transferred a total of $3.47 million in 40
installments in four years with his credit card to the United States, a
document obtained by PREMIUM TIMES revealed.
He carried
out the transactions through Guarantee Trust Bank between 2009, when he served
as Kwara State governor, and 2012 when he served as the senator representing
Kwara Central Senatorial District.
Prosecutors
say the beneficiary accounts in the U.S. were also owned by Mr. Saraki.
Some of the
senator’s companies, during the same period, also transferred thousands of
dollars to the U.S. accounts. The companies are Carlisle Properties and West
Gate Ltd.
Mr. Saraki
is currently facing a 13-count charge bordering on corruption and false asset
declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal. He allegedly committed the offence
when he served as governor between 2003 and 2011.
The
politician has denied any wrongdoing and alleged political persecution.
Of the
13-count charges filed against the senate president, two are related to the
transfer of the $3.47 million.
Count 11 of
the charges filed against Mr. Saraki states: That you, DR. OLUBUKOLA ABUBAKAR
SARAKI on or about 25th August, 2008 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable
Tribunal, while being a public officer as the Executive Governor of Kwara State
did operate a bank account outside Nigeria when you transferred the sum of $73,
223.28 (Seventy Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-Three Thousand Dollars,
Twenty-Eight cents) from your Guaranty Trust Bank Plc domiciliary account No
441441953210 to the American Express Services Europe Limited No: 730580 for
onward credit to your American Express Bank, New York card account No:374588216836009
and you thereby committed an offence contrary to paragraph 3 of Part I, Fifth
Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as
amended) and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act and
punishable under paragraph 9 of the said Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and section 23 (2) of the
Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Count 12
states: That you, DR. OLUBUKOLA ABUBAKAR SARAKI between August, 2009 and
October 2012 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Tribunal, while being a
public officer as the Executive Governor of Kwara State and Senator of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria did operate a bank account outside Nigeria when you
transferred the aggregate sum of $3, 400, 000.00 (Three Million, Four Hundred
Thousand Dollars) from your Guaranty Trust Bank Plc. domiciliary account No
441441953210 to the American Express Services Europe Limited no: 730580 for
onward credit to your American Express Bank, New York card account
No:374588216836009 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to paragraph 3
of Part I, Fifth Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and section 7 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and
Tribunal Act and punishable under paragraph 9 of the said Fifth Schedule to the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and section
23 (2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
A
prosecution witness had told the CCT that documents related to the transfer
were destroyed in an inferno.
When being
cross examined by the defence counsel, Paul Usoro, at the Tribunal last
Tuesday, the prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, said Guaranty Trust Bank,
GTB, told the investigation team that the transaction documents had been burnt.
“There were
also police reports and affidavit which they (the GTB) swore to show that some
documents were burnt,” Mr. Wetkas stated.
The
document, obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES, shows that Mr. Saraki, on
August 26, 2009, transferred the $72,223.25 to the American Express Services
Europe Limited no: 730580 for onward credit to the American Express Bank, New
York card account No:374588216836009.
Following
the transfer, the bank charged him a commission of $732.23. It is not clear
what the money transferred was meant for.
That same
day (August 26) one of his companies, Carlisle Properties Investment,
transferred another $49,969.00.
Between
September 2009 and October 2012, Mr. Saraki transferred over $3 million.
According to
the document, in 2009 the senate president transferred $127,174.05 on September
8; $85,543.88 on October 21; and $127,586.41 on November 11.
In 2010, he
transferred $140,319 on January 4; $140,000 on March 15; $84,000 on April 16;
$134,000 on May 18; $64,000 on June 21; $80,984 on July 29; $100,000 on August
31; $18,000 on September 2; $$48,900 on October 11; and $183,232.46 on December
8;
In 2011, Mr.
Saraki transferred $32,687 on February 21; $30,656.74 on March 22; $111,444.79
on June 22; $43, 651 on July 19; $91,738 on August 16; $10,000 on August 26;
$65,000 on August 29; $112,140 on September 27; $147,000 on November 17; and
$86,872.10 on December 14.
The document
also shows that in 2012, he transferred $50,000 on January 4; $145,000 on
January 27; $7000 on January 27; $94,754.63 on February 10; $60,000 on April
12; $70,000 on May 11; $55,000 on May 17; $89,411.74 on June 12; $45,000 on
September 6; and $45,308 on September 24; $130,000 on October 11; $77,000 on February
17; $77,000 on February 20; $70,648.44 on March 29; $70,000 on July 4; $138,000
on July 16; and $45,000 on September 5.
Just as Mr.
Saraki was making the transactions, his companies were also transferring monies
to the U.S. totalling $2,099,257.00.
For
instance, apart from the August 26 transfer in 2009, Carlisle also transferred
$59,964 on September 7; $99,961.30 on October 16; $109,000 on November 11;
$50,000 on August 12; and $150,000 on December 31.
In 2010, the
company transferred $40,000 on April 14; $44,000 on April 15; $134,000 on May
14; $64,000 on June 17; $40,000 on July 23; $90,000 on August 27; $10,000 on
August 30; $9,974 on August 31; $6,900 on September 1; $7,974 on September 2;
$42,600 on October 5; and $183,000 on December 6.
In 2011, it
further transferred $32,000 on February 21; $30,700 on March 17; $40,730.35 on
May 5; $111,400 on June 7; $43,660 on July 18; $48,800 on August 10; $43,000 on
August 16; $25,750 on August 29; $40,250 on August 29; $112,800 on September
26; and $150,200 on November 17.
In 2012,
$146,975 on January 26; $71,000 on May 11; $5,450 on June 7; and $5,000 on
December 7 were also transferred by the company.
None of the
companies is currently being prosecuted. Nigerian law, however, prevents some
public officials including governors and senators from operating a foreign
account; a law Mr. Saraki is accused of flouting.”

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