Saraki was not interrogated by CCB before trial – Witness

Saraki was not interrogated by CCB before trial – Witness
April 21 21:06 2016

An investigative officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),  Micheal Wetkas on
 Thursday said the Senate
President, Dr Bukola Saraki, was
never interrogated by the Code of
Conduct Bureau before the
commencement of his trial at the
Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Senate President is standing trial for
alleged false
declaration of assets.
Wetkas, who is a prosecution witness said the Senate President
was not invited when a team of
three EFCC investigators met with
the CCB regarding his case.
“As the time the enlarged team
met with the CCB, Saraki was
not interrogated,” said Mr.
Wetkas.

He however added that the only time he
was aware  Saraki made a
statement was during the
investigation by the EFCC and that
the statement was made before
two of his team members, Usman
Iman and Musa Sunday.
He said that he got to know
about the interrogation through
the team members.

“He made statements regarding
 those things I am referring to
before other team members.
“I know my larger team asked
him questions relating to his
properties and about the asset
declaration that he made before
the CCB, as well as the companies
he has interest in; both local and
international, among others
things,”  Wetkas stated.
Asked if Mr. Saraki’s statement was tendered
before the tribunal, Wetkas said he was
not aware of that.

“Not to the best of my knowledge,” Mr.
Wetkas said.
He further said his team members
stumbled upon information regarding
Saraki’s assets and loans, while other team
members got information regarding Mr.
Saraki’s properties.
He added that there was no account number
on the telex used for the said transfer of funds
by  Saraki from the GTB to American
Express Service, New York.

“The card account number is not on the
telexes,” said Mr. Wetkas.
Speaking on the relationship between the
credit card and the alleged account,
Wetkas said Guarantee Trust bank was in the
best position to explain the process of
international transactions.
“The bank is more competent to talk on
international transfers.
“Every transaction in the company is
specialised and that is why the head of the
 National Funds Transfer of GTB is listed as a
witness in this case,” he said.
He gave the name of the said witness from the
 GTBank as Amazu Nwachuku.

Wetkas also said the investigation was
principally based on Saraki’s statement of
account, saying the findings of his team
revealed a clear transfer to the American
Express through the GTB.
He however said he was unaware of any other
institution besides banks that gives credit
cards to their customers.
Asked whether Saraki was interrogated
with regards to the American Express Bank,
he said he was not sure.
The trial was adjourned till Wednesday, April
27.