Some loyalists of former Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, under the aegis of Devoted Minds, have lauded Thursday’s judgement of the Federal High Court that set aside its order of interim forfeiture made against Saraki’s property located at 17 and 17A MacDonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The Court rejected the application brought before it by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), seeking the permanent forfeiture of the said property to the Federal Government.
Delivering his ruling, the trial judge, Justice Liman, disclosed that the anti-graft agency failed to provide any proof to support its claims that the houses were purchased with funds belonging to the Kwara State Government.
The judge further noted that the evidence before him, clearly revealed that the property were lawfully acquired and not with proceeds of crime as claimed by the EFCC.
In a statement signed by the Administrative Secretary, Kwara Devoted Minds, Owolabi Adebayo Olayinka Kadir, the group congratulated Saraki and praised him for weathering the storm of the legal battle that has lasted several months.
The group described the court ruling as a victory for democracy, adding that the judgment had further reaffirmed the belief that the judiciary is the last hope for the people.
“We congratulate our dear leader and mentor, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on his triumph at the court. The ruling has validated Saraki’s position that he was innocent of the trumped up charges preferred against him by the EFCC. It has also laid to rest all sponsored lies and propaganda that the Ikoyi houses were bought with stolen funds.
“We commend the trial judge for dispensing justice, without fear or favour. This is a victory for democracy and rule of law, which has further reaffirmed the belief that the judiciary is the last hope for the people.
“It is pertinent to emphasise that Saraki’s victory did not come as a surprise to us because we knew from the beginning that the application filed by the EFCC was politically-motivated and based on falsehood. It was very clear that the Commission had no concrete case against Saraki and only subjected him to media trial, with the sole intention to tarnish his image.
“It is quite unfortunate that the EFCC allowed itself to be used by some vested interests to witch-hunt Dr Bukola Saraki. We are however happy that the Court has once again, vindicated our leader. He will continue to prevail over his enemies.”