The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) on Friday alleged that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, diverted funds belonging to Kwara State into his personal account while he served as the state’s governor between 2003 and 2011.
The allegations were contained in a counter-affidavit filed by the bureau to a fresh application filed by Saraki challenging the jurisdiction of the code of conduct tribunal to try him for alleged false asset declaration.
The Federal Government is prosecuting Saraki for alleged false declaration of his assets while he was the governor of Kwara state. The Senate President denied any wrong-doing. He also alleged that he was being persecuted.
The tribunal had fixed March 24 to rule on the application.
In a counter-affidavit deposed to by one Peter Danladi, he averred that the investigation of the various petitions of corruption, theft, money laundering, among others against Saraki in 2010, was conducted jointly by official of the EFCC, CCB and the DSS.
He also averred that the EFCC conducted its investigation on the various petitions and made findings which showed that the defendant/applicant abused his office while he was the governor of Kwara State and was involved in various acts of corruption as the governor of the state.
He further revealed that defendant/applicant borrowed huge sums of money running into billions from commercial banks, particularly Guarantee Trust Bank and used the proceeds of the loan to acquire several landed property in Lagos, Abuja and London, while he was the governor of Kwara State.
“As against the defendant using his own legitimate income to defray the loan, he took public funds, running into billions from Kwara State Government and lodged same in several tranches and in cash into his GTB account I GRA (Government Reservation Area), Ilorin, Kwara State.”