Prosecution witness, Micheal Wetkas on Wednesday told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that the Lagos State Land Registry did not have records of properties allegedly belonging to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
At the resumed hearing Wednesday, Westkas an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), under re-examination by prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the Tribunal that the properties at No. 15 A and 15 B MacDonald Street, Ikoyi was not in record of the registry.
He admitted that the EFCC based its assumption that Saraki owns the properties on the claim of a Presidential Committee on sales of the federal government owned properties. He also maintained that he did not go to the federal land registry to clarify issues on the disputed property ownership.
“We based our assumption that the defendant owns the property at No. 15, MacDonald Ikoyi on the response of the Presidential Committee on the sales of the federal government properties to the effect that the property was allocated to one company Carlse Investment Property”, he said.
He maintained that he never interrogated or obtained statements from Saraki on any issue of asset declaration or asset ownership. He added that he cannot dispute the claim of Saraki that some of the properties were bought from proceeds of his business transactions because he never investigated the business operation scheme of the defendant.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar thereafter adjourned the trial till January 17 for the prosecution to produce his next witnesses.
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