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Court dismisses Saraki’s suit; Kwara Gov’t reclaims ‘Ile Arugbo’ land.

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The Saraki family in turn challenged the government’s decision by filing a court case to keep ownership of the land, claiming they have documents to prove ownership of the property.

Kwara State Government on Tuesday reclaimed court order to proceed construction on Ile Arugbo land in Ilorin after a court in Ilorin struck out the Bukola Saraki’s case challenging government’s take over inthe land.

Justice Abiodun Adewara of the Ilorin High Court struck out the Saraki’s case for “lack of diligent prosecution.”

The judge struck out the case after the appellants — Saraki’s Asa Investment Ltd — again failed to call any witness to support their claim that the choice land belonged to the firm said to be owned by the late Olusola Saraki.

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The Kwara State government had initially reclaimed the land from the Saraki family in December 2019 and went ahead to clear the land ahead of its use for construction of another government secretariat.

The government claimed the land originally belonged to the public but was controversially transferred to a firm owned by Saraki without any payment made to the government or document issued for that purpose.

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The Saraki family in turn challenged the government’s decision by filing a court case to keep ownership of the land, claiming they have documents to prove ownership of the property.

Justice Adewara struck out the case after the defendants again failed to call their witness or tender documents to prove ownership of the land.

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki’s suit over Ile Arugbo dismissed.

Earlier on Monday when the case came up for hearing, Counsel to the claimants Abdulazeez Ibrahim had told the court that a joinder to the case Alhaji Sanusi Babaeleku has suddenly died, leading to the court striking out the name of the deceased.

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When the case resumed on Tuesday, Ibrahim said they were replacing Alhaji Babaeleku with one Alhaji Abubakar Oluwatoyin, a request that the court granted and then asked them to proceed with their case by calling their other witnesses.

The counsel however said they were not prepared to proceed because their lead counsel Dr Akin Onigbinde (SAN), who he claimed has the relevant documents to proceed with the case, had just lost his mother and was preparing for the burial.

Counsel to the Kwara State Government Barrister Salman Jawondo however drew the attention of the court to what he called a deliberate attempt to delay the hearing and dispensation of the case after more than one year of judicial filibustering, urging the court to dismiss the case for lack of diligent prosecution.

He cited the previous failings of the claimants to prosecute their case, an observation that the judge said was valid and therefore struck out the case “for lack of diligent prosecution by the claimants.”

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Jawondo meanwhile has said the government is willing to press counter claims of ownership of the land against the Asa Investment Limited.

The court has adjourned to 17 March, 2021 to hear the counter claims.

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Ibrahim Magu boils when my led senate ‘snubbed’ him – Saraki

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Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that Ibrahim Magu took it personally when he was rejected as chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission, EFCC.

Saraki stated this in reaction to a court order which directed the Federal Government to return the assets seized from him.

In a statement issued, Saraki said that the Senate he led followed due process in rejecting Magu for EFCC chairman.

The statement reads: “Today, as always, I thank Almighty Allah as I welcome the judgement of the Federal High Court, Lagos, by the Honorable Justice Rilwan M. Aikawa in which the court dismissed in its totality the application by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for a forfeiture order on my home in Ilorin, Kwara state,” he said.

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“I am particularly happy that the court specifically ruled that there was no evidence that the property was built with any illicit or stolen funds from the Kwara state government or any other institution or quarter, whatsoever.

“The last five years have been very challenging for me and my family. I have endured and defeated one false allegation and malicious litigation after another, in an ill-motivated persecution, intimidation and harassment, through which some vested interests sought to damage my name and label me with charges of corruption but with the grace of Allah, I have always been victorious.

“I thank God for the outcome of this case which is the fifth victory in cases in which the EFCC was either the main investigating agency or the plaintiff.

“It is obvious that the EFCC leadership under its erstwhile acting chair, Mr. Ibrahim Mustapha Magu decided to take the issue of his non-confirmation by the 8th Senate which I led, personally.

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He revealed that his image was tarnished by the EFCC which used the mass and social media against him.

Bukola Saraki

“It was directed at giving the wrong impression about me. As I record yet another vindication by the competent court of law, God’s willing, my focus will now shift to more serious issues,” he said.

“It is important to put it on record that I hold no grudge against any individual for their roles in my trials.

“My experience in the last five years has only strengthened my faith in Almighty Allah, the Nigerian nation and her judiciary which has always risen above the din to give justice at all times and in all situations.”

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Saraki smiles as Court order FG to return forfeited properties


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Saraki smiles as Court order FG to return forfeited properties

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The Lagos Division of the Federal High Court has ordered the return of two houses belonging to former Nigeria Senate President Bukola Saraki that were forfeited to the Nigerian government.

The Federal High Court in Lagos in 2019, ordered the interim forfeiture of two properties located at Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in an exparte application filed by its lawyer Nnaemeka Omewa alleged that they were acquired through proceeds of unlawful activities.

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The judge Rilwan Aikawa, in December 2019, granted an interim forfeiture of Saraki’s houses located at Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State, through an ex parte motion filed by the EFCC.

Giving the order on Thursday, Aikawa ruled that there is no sufficient basis in the EFCC application for the permanent forfeiture of Saraki’s houses.

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Reacting to the interim forfeiture order in 2019, Saraki said EFCC’s claims were outrightly false that he acquired the properties illegally.

Saraki had resisted the forfeiture of his Ilorin houses on several occasions, saying the act was a witch hunt by the EFCC.

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“The EFCC’s claim that the Ilorin property was built by any proceeds of fraud is outrightly false. One can only see that EFCC is playing politics and spreading falsehood in its cheap attempt to witch-hunt and intimidate a perceived enemy,” Saraki said.

Bukola Saraki

Saraki said the Ilorin property was built partly by the Kwara State Government pursuant to the Third Schedule of the Governor and Deputy Governor (Payment of Pension) Law 2010 while he funded the remaining cost of the building with his personal funds.

Delivering judgement on EFCC’s application for permanent forfeiture of the properties on Thursday, the Federal Court judge, Rilwan Aikawa, said there is no sufficient basis to forfeit the properties.

Justice Aikawa said he could not find his way through to grant the permanent forfeiture order. He ordered the release of Saraki’s Ilorin houses.


#Newsworthy…

Saraki denies Hushpuppi as APC set to investigate

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Ex Senate President, Bukola Saraki in a latest statement has distanced himself from Hushpuppi following a statement by the ruling All Progressives Congress APC calling for an investigation into his alleged links with the suspected fraudster who was recently arrested in the United Arab Emirates and extradited to the United States.

APC in an earlier statement via its National Publicity Secretary Yekini Nabena today July 4, called on the EFCC and other relevant security agencies to investigate the links Hushpuppi had with some PDP stalwarts.

The statement read in part;

”That the PDP leadership turned Dubai into their “Strategic” meeting place ahead of the 2019 general elections in Nigeria and “Hushpuppi’s” affinity with the PDP leadership is not mere coincidence.

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At different times, “Hushpuppi” was been photographed in Dubai meeting with the PDP’s 2019 presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Senator Dino Melaye among other PDP stalwarts.

While relevant authorities investigate the nature of their relationship and business partnership, we also challenge the PDP leadership to do same by opening up on the nature of the relationship, particularly the kind of services the arrested “Hushpuppi” provided them.” APC’s statement read

Saraki in a statement released by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the statement from the APC as irresponsible and cheap politics for trying to link him with Hushpuppi.

Saraki in the statement said he has no form of association with the said suspect, Ramon Abbas AKA Hushpuppi and neither does he know him in any way.

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“The statement credited to the APC, the ruling party in our country, is one of the ways by which our anti-graft agencies are weakened and why the fight against corruption in the country is often viewed with suspicion by the international community. This is because when these cyber-crime suspects were operating freely and openly displaying wealth, the APC saw nothing bad in their activities. Also, the party at that time did not deem it necessary to call on the anti-graft agencies to investigate their activities.

Also, since the arrest of those cyber crime suspects and the subsequent damage to the image and the economy of Nigeria as well as the crisis it created for Nigerians engaged in lawful businesses across the world, the ruling party had been muted. The only time the APC deemed it necessary to make a statement was when it thought it should play dirty, cheap and irresponsible politics.

Dr. Saraki was the only political leader who has publicly made a statement through an Op-Ed article published in the Daily Trust newspaper of July 1, 2020 titled “Cyber Criminals: Confronting The Few Who Dent Many” and this opinion article had been widely circulated online and on other platforms. In that article, he strongly condemned the activities of these cyber criminals and called on the law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to make decisive interventions to checkmate their activities. He has also got a research institution, the Politeia Institute, whose board he chairs to commence a research on the best ways to tackle the menace.

Such a noble intervention in tackling a menace is what Dr. Saraki believes in, not mudslinging and playing politics at the expense of the nation’s image. At this point, we call on the APC leadership to rein in the so-called Yekini Nabena and compel him to desist from making and circulating such malicious, odious and offensive claims”, the statement concluded.


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I have ignored Oshiomhole’s attacks because of a day like this – Saraki fires.

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki said the defection of Governor Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party has exposed the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole.

Saraki, stated this while welcoming Obaseki to PDP on Friday.

Saraki said he had ignored Oshiomhole’s verbal attacks on him because he knew “a day like this would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.”

He added that the end of Oshiomhole’s political career is near.

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Saraki said: “At this point, it will be odd if I fail to comment on the situation that led to the change of party by Governor Obaseki.

“While I have kept my cool and ignored all the verbal attacks directed at me by the suspended chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, I have always known that a day like this would come when his masquerade will dance naked in the market.

“The truth is always constant and no matter how far falsehood travels, the truth will catch up with it one day.

“Oshiomhole can fool people for a long time but he cannot fool the people all the time. What is happening to him now is a moment of truth.

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“This same man who was garrulously proclaiming the end of the political career of some other people is now about to meet his Waterloo.

“He has continued to use his mouth to divide his party and I believe there is a lesson for all politicians to learn from the fate of the suspended APC chairman.

“No autocrat can successfully pretend to be a Democrat. The true character of a man will come out one day”, he said.

Saraki further stated all lovers of democracy should be interested in the emergence of a healthy and strong party system and organization which would provide viable platforms for people to aspire and provide quality leadership to the country.


#Newsworthy…

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Ex Senate President, Saraki congratulate Obaseki

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Former Senate President Bukola Saraki has welcomed Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and congratulated him for taking a good step in the right direction.

In a statement in Abuja from his media office, Saraki noted the bigger commendation and appreciation should go to the leaders of the Edo State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the various levels for the sense of sacrifice, patriotism and devotion to the progress of the party demonstrated by them in the process of welcoming Obaseki into its fold.

Saraki’s message read in part: “I also thank Obaseki’s colleagues, the PDP Governors, for their role and for ensuring that while bringing him into the party, they carried along the local chapter and refrain from just unilaterally taking decisions without the input of the leaders of the party in Edo State.

“The process our Governors adopted in working with the local chapter to bring in the Governor is a better approach than the system in many of the other parties where the National Working Committee (NWC) would simply just give him a membership card.

“That is why my appeal will, at this point, goes to all of us, the leaders and stakeholders, who gave assurances that agreement will be honoured, we need to ensure that the NWC of our party plays its own supervisory role by making sure that those agreements entered into by the Governor and the local chapter should be kept, particularly since I am very sure they are all lawful and in the interest of peace and development of the state. That is the only way to keep our integrity intact.


#Newsworthy…

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Adeleke, Nigeria’s own Mike Tyson Defeat PDP in Court.

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A Federal High Court in Lagos State has ruled against the 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and Bukola Saraki, his campaign director in the 2019 general election over unauthorised use of the photograph of Mrs. Amuda Adeleke, Lagos-based trader, on their campaign billboard.

NobleReporters reported late last year that Mrs Adeleke, a Lagos-based trader, had dragged Saraki who was the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation during the 2019 General Election, before the court for using her picture on campaign billboards without her consent.

Also joined in the suit marked FHC/L/CS/./19, were the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party’s presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi, his running mate.

Justice Ayokunle Faji, who has been in charge of matter, made a monetary award of N5m to Mrs. Adeleke, yesterday, explaining that the money would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP, and Peter Obi, Atiku’s running mate during the election.

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Atiku and Obi lost the election to the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidates, Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

The trader had told the court that the unauthorised use of her photograph for the party’s campaign caused her embarrassment.

“All my friends who saw the campaign billboard said it portrayed me as a woman stricken with poverty who had lost all hope and was prepared to commit suicide,” she said.

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She asked the court to award N45m against Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Obi for infringing on her fundamental right to privacy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.

However, after ruling in her favour, the judge, instead, awarded N5m against the defendants


#Newsworthy…

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Court orders Atiku, Saraki to pay N5m Damages to Trader, presidency react.

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Presidential Aide, Lauretta Onochie has reacted to a recent court judgement ordering the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar and the director-general of his campaign, Bukola Saraki to pay a trader N5 million in damages.

The trader, one Amuda Adeleke filed a lawsuit against the Atiku campaign organization after her photograph was used without her permission for a billboard advert. Onochie expressed joy at the development adding that it was ‘colossal damage’ to be on a PDP Billboard.

“A Federal High Court in Lagos has ordered PDP’s 2019 candidate @atiku, & his Campaign Director @bukolasaraki, to pay ₦5m damages to a trader, Amuda Adeleke, for unauthorised use of her photograph on PDP campaign billboard.”

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“More please. Its colossal damage to be on PDP billboard” she tweeted.

On Monday, a federal high court sitting in Lagos presided over by Justice Ayokunle Faji, made the monetary award to the trader, Adeleke, ordering that the N5m would be jointly and severally paid by Atiku, Saraki, the PDP and Peter Obi, who was Atiku’s running mate.


#Newsworthy…

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Saraki angry as EFCC seek final forfeiture of his properties


Immediate past Senate president, Dr. Bukonla Saraki, yesterday opposed an application before a Federal High Court, Lagos seeking final forfeiture of two of his Ikoyi properties.

The said properties are located at 17 and 17A McDonald Road, Ikoyi, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had obtained an interim order of forfeiture on the properties in November 2019.


Justice Mohammed Liman had then adjourned the case for any interested party to appear and show cause why a permanent order should not be made.

The court had also ordered that the interim order be published in a national newspaper to alert such interested parties.


EFCC applied to court to forfeit the properties to the government, on the grounds that they were obtained with loans from GTBank and repaid back with Kwara State fund.

Saraki’s counsel,Mr Kehinde Ogunwunmiju, SAN, informed the court that he was already a successful businessman with properties worldwide before he became senator.


He said that the EFCC must satisfy the court that such properties formed part of proceeds of any unlawful act by the respondent.

Respondent’s counsel informed the court that both the interim and the attempted permanent forfeiture of the two properties was an abuse of court process.


Counsel further argued that the EFCC was also stopped from re-litigating on the same properties because it had litigated on same before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) up to the Supreme Court but lost.

He said that Justice Taiwo Taiwo had made an order restraining EFCC from filing such a case, adding that the order was still subsisting.


Meanwhile, some of the facts presented by the EFCC before the court are that Saraki while serving as governor of Kwara was deducting N100 million from security votes to defray the loan.

EFCC counsel, Mr Nnaemeka Omenwa, argued that the judgment of the CCT dismissing the case, did not vest property right on Saraki.

He urged the court not to be persuaded by the argument of counsel but hold in favour of applicant.

Liman has adjourned until April 24 for judgment.


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Ile Arugbo Demolition: Saraki, Kwara Govt to settle out of court


Kwara state government and the Saraki family have agreed to settle out of court over the demolition of Ile-Arugbo which was built by late Olusola Saraki.

Lawyers to both parties told Justice Abiodun Adewara on Friday January 24, that they’ve resolved to settle out of court and have also fixed a meeting on January 27 to resolve all issues amicably.


Justice Adewara who commended Kwara State government and Saraki family for choosing to resolve the issue without acrimony, also told them to give peace a chance and discuss an amicable resolution of the dispute.

The Federal High Court Judge further adjourned the case till March 2, 2020, for report on the settlement.

Bukola Saraki | Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq


The political home of Olusola Saraki, late father of former Senate President Bukola Saraki was demolished by the Kwara state government following the revocation of the land.

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the land originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and parking lot of the civil service clinic, was illegally allocated to Asa Investments Limited, a private firm owned by the late father of the ex-senate president.


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Just in: Court adjourn Saraki’s suit


A Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos has fixed February 5 to take arguments on the objections raised by a former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to the permanent forfeiture of some of his houses in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

In a preliminary objection put before Justice Rilwan Aikawa, the two-term Kwara State Governor, through his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), filed a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit.

They also described the new suit by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja before Justice Taiwo Taiwo.


The EFCC had, in the suit filed before Justice Aikawa, claimed that the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.

Justice Aikawa had on December 2, 2019, ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government.


The judge then adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

In his preliminary objection filed before the court, Saraki described the suit as an abuse of court processes and a move to scandalise him.


He also said the suit is a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging the applicant from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this action,” asking Justice Aikawa to dismiss the suit.

The court will hear arguments for and against the suit on Feb 5.


The EFCC, in the suit, told the court that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was governor of the state.

An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq said, “Whilst investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered.


“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others:

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki


“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100m will be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100m, same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government House.”


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Update: Saraki fights to retain his properties from Kwara government


Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, in an application filed before a Federal High Court in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, is urging the court to dismiss a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, seeking permanent forfeiture of his Ilorin houses that have been temporarily forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

In seeking the order of the court, Saraki contended that the suit was an abuse of court processes.

He described the suit as a ploy by the EFCC to review the July 6, 2018 decision of the Supreme Court “discharging him from culpability arising from the same money and houses which are the subject matter of this suit.”


EFCC, in a suit filed before the court, claimed that the houses – Plots No. 10 and No. 11 Abdulkadir Road, GRA, Ilorin, Kwara State – were acquired with proceeds of unlawful activities allegedly perpetrated by Saraki while he was Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.

The presiding Judge, Justice Rilwan Aikawa had on December 2, 2019 ordered the temporary forfeiture of the houses to the Federal Government, thereafter adjourned for Saraki to appear before him to give reasons why the houses should not be permanently be forfeited to the Federal Government.


However, in a response filed by his lawyer, Kehinde Ogunwumiju (SAN), through a preliminary objection, challenging the territorial jurisdiction of the court to entertain the suit, Ogunwumiju said the new suit by the EFCC was an abuse of court processes because it was filed at a time when a suit on the same subject matter was still pending at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He contended that in the Abuja suit, the presiding Judge, Taiwo Taiwo had on May 14, 2019 made an order for parties to stay action on the subject matter pending the determination of originating motion on notice pending before him.


“Despite the pendency of the above mentioned suit, service of the court processes and the subsistence of the aforementioned order of the court, the respondent surreptitiously commenced another suit: FHC/L/CS/1867/2019 between the EFCC v Dr Bukola Saraki on 14th October 2019 in this court where it seeks orders aimed at neutralising the order of the Abuja division of the same court,” he said.

The ex-Kwara Governor said the new EFCC’s suit was meant to “irritate, annoy and scandalise” him and urged Justice Aikawa to dismiss it.


Justice Aikawa has adjourned till February 5 to hear further arguments on Saraki’s objection.

The EFCC, in a suit filed before the court averred that it received “a damning intelligence report, showing monumental fraud perpetrated in the treasury of the Kwara State Government between 2003 and 2011,” when Saraki was the Governor of the state.


An operative of the EFCC, Olamide Sadiq in an affidavit sworn to and filed before the court averred that “Whilst investigation was ongoing several fraudulent transactions were discovered.

“I know for a fact and verily believe that our investigation has revealed the following mind-boggling findings, among others:

“That between 2003 and 2011, Dr Olubukola Abubakar Saraki was the Executive Governor of Kwara State.

“That whilst he held the aforementioned position, the common pattern was that after payment of monthly allocation by the Federal Government to the Kwara State Government, a cumulative sum of not less than N100 million will be deposited into the Kwara Government House account.

“That upon the payment of the said N100 million same will, in turn, be withdrawn in cash by one Mr Afeez Yusuf from the Kwara State Government House, Ilorin’s account in bits and brought to the Government house.”


#Newsworthy…

Demolition of Saraki’s Ile Arugbo: Court fixes hearing date


Chairman, Northern Elders Council, (NEC), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai has condemned the demolition of the house of the father of the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Ile Arugbo, in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, describing it as a political vengeance against Saraki.

Yakassai, an elder statesman, told newsmen in Kaduna that government should rather concentrate on providing employment and eradication of poverty rather than waste resources in carrying out demolition of houses for political reasons.


Kwara Government recently moved its heavy-duty equipment and demolished structures on a land belonging to the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki .

This followed the revocation of plots of land on Ilofa Road, GRA, Ilorin, said to be the property of the late Dr. Olusola Saraki.


Before the demolition, it was announced that the parcels of land were allegedly acquired by the late godfather of Kwara State politics, Dr. Olusola Saraki.

But for the former Senate President, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his kinsmen and loyalists, the decision of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq was politically motivated.


However, AbdulRazaq said his decision to revoke the said property followed a resolution of the House of Assembly that the said land should be reclaimed.

Nevertheless, Yakassai maintained that, “I think this demolition exercise is a bad politics which is the beginning of tit-for-tat.


“I think this type of politics; politics of vengeance should not be seen in Kwara State and any other part of Nigeria.

“I hope that sanity will prevail because this is against political opponents. Government should concentrate on addressing issues of poverty, unemployment and other problems in the country rather than wasting time and resources to demolish houses”.

Chairman, Northern Elders Council, (NEC), Alhaji Tanko Yakassai


Meanwhile, the state High Court, Ilorin presided over by Justice A. A Adebara, has fixed January 15 for hearing on motion on notice in a suit filed by Asa Investments Limited on the disputed land on which Ile Arugbo (Old People’s Home) was built.

Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, House of Assembly, Attorney General, Director General, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police are defendants in the suit.


#Newsworthy…

Police says they know nothing about the destruction of ‘Ile Arugbo’

…as Saraki, Kwara govt feud deepens


The Kwara State Police Command has denied particpating in the demolition of late Olusola Saraki’s property in llorin, which has generated mixed reactions.

In a statement released by the State’s Police Spokesperson DSP Okansani Ajayi, the Kwara State Police Command dispelled reports of policemen shooting life ammunitions and firing teargas canisters at the scene of the demolition exercise.

Ajayi also revealed that the State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun ordered a full scale investigation into the demolition exercise to determine the veracity of the claims.


The statement read in parts;

“Our anti-crime deployment during this period has nothing to do with any demolition exercise in the state.


“It is therefore shocking to the commissioner of police to hear the news of policemen shooting life ammunitions and firing teargas canisters at the scene of a demolition exercise.

“For the purpose of emphasis, the command wishes to immediately dispel the insinuations that the men reported having been firing indiscriminately during the demolition exercise were deployed by the Kwara state police command.

“No policeman was deployed by the command for any demolition exercise anywhere in the state and no policeman deployed for anticrime duties during the Christmas and new year celebrations fired a single shot of ammunition or canister during this period.

“The command hereby for the umpteen time wishes to reiterate the irrevocable commitment of the commissioner of police to principles of fairness, justice and the rule of law while making police service available and accessible to the people of Kwara state.”


#Newsworthy…

Saraki’s family pose more rage at Kwara government after demolition of ‘Ile Arugbo’


Kwara state government under the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq may have succeeded with its intention to demolish a house owned by the late Senator Olusola Saraki, father of former Senate President Bukola Saraki and current Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemi Saraki, over what they called the illegal acquisition of the land upon which the house was built, by the late godfather of Kwara politics, but the last has obviously not been heard of the reactions that trailed the demolition within the ruling party. The house, popularly called Ile Arugbo (House for old persons), was demolished in the early hours of Thursday, after the state government revoked the title of the landed property.

The Kwara House of Assembly in August called for the revocation of the landed property, after adopting the report of a committee that investigated the ownership of the property. Findings by The Nation revealed that uneasy calm currently pervades the rank and file of the APC in the state following the demolition and subsequent altercations between the government and the Saraki family. According to party sources, the open expression of dissatisfaction to the decision of Governor AbdulRazaq by Gbemi Saraki may have encouraged her supporters within the party and other aggrieved members to take on the governors and his supporters within the party sooner than later.

A party chieftain from Asa, who craved anonymity while confirming the tension within the party, said many party members are sympathetic towards the Minister and decried the decision of the government to carry out the demolition without carrying her along. “There are two sides to the issue as we speak within the APC. There are those who feel the demolition is a good payback for Bukola Saraki and those who feel the demolition is a slap on the face of Gbemi Saraki. The later are even more disappointed because the Minister, a high ranking leader in the party, was allegedly kept in the dark on the matter till her father’s house was demolished by a government formed by her own party,” he said.


But an aide of the governor who confided in The Nation that AbdulRazaq has directed that none of his aides should speak on the matter except when authorized, condemned APC chieftains faulting the governor over the demolition, saying it is not true that the governor unilaterally took the decision. “We have a cabinet in the state and it is made up of party members. So, how come the fault is now that of the governor alone? The government took a decision based on facts available to it. There is no way everybody will be pleased with a decision but it is wrong to try to score cheap political points with an action that is based on facts and records,” he said.

Reports that Senator Gbemi Saraki had openly thrown her weight behind the decision of her family to fight the government in court, over the demolition, is also creating anxiety within the party. According to a family source, the Minister, while speaking with some family member after the demolition, had assured them of her support to any legal step instituted over the matter in spite of the political differences between her and her brother, Bukola Saraki. “She is a proud daughter of her father and that is exactly what we expected her to do,” our source added.


Speaking on the development, Alhaji Yussuf Olanrewaju, a kinsman to the Sarakis, described the demolition as “cruel”, adding that the demolition of the structure was a contempt of court since the matter was still before the state High court. Olanrewaju, who is the President of Agbaji Development Association in, Ilorin, said the demolition was improper and “a calculated action to chase away the Saraki family from the plot”. “It is not fair to try to rubbish the late Saraki’s contributions to the socio-economic development of the llorin emirate. The demolition of the structure is not right since the matter is before the court,” Olanrewaju said.

Former President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki, while giving a hint on the family’s decision to approach the court, last Thursday, stated that justice will prevail over the demolition of his family property in Ilorin by AbdulRazaq led Kwara government. Announcing the decision of the family to seek legal redress on the matter, Alhaji Bibire Ajape, chairman of the Saraki Legacy Forum, urged supporters of the Saraki family not to take laws into their own hands over the matter. “Following the announcement by the Governor that he had revoked the title on the land which had been rightfully possessed by late Saraki for more than 20 years, they filed a case at the High Court, Ilorin, on December 31, 2019, challenging the action. The suit with Number KWS/463/2019 between Asa Investments Limited and Governor of Kwara State, Kwara House of Assembly, Attorney General of Kwara State, Director General of the Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police was filed on Tuesday.


“In an obviously desperate attempt to pre-empt the court case, the State Governor directed one of his aides to lead a demolition team to the property on Tuesday morning accompanied by some policemen. However, the policemen withdrew when they saw the crowd of old women and youths who gathered to protest the illegal demolition exercise. With the withdrawal of the policemen, the team from the state government were forced to quickly leave the place. Some hours later, exactly a few minutes to the New Year, about 11.45pm, the particular aide led another team, this time with a bulldozer and some policemen massed around the premises of Ile Arugbo but were again resisted by the crowd of women and youth who had then decided to mount a ceaseless vigil around the property.

“Early Thursday morning from 12.40am, while the old women and youth were having their New Year entertainment as they mount watch on the premises of Ile Arugbo, the aide again led a team of demolition squad comprising security agents from the Government House, Ilorin, workers of the Ministry of Works and some urchins to Ilofa Street. For hours, their attempt to commence the demolition exercise was rebuffed. At about 3.30am, the security agents began heavy shooting of gun and tear gas canisters to dislodge the people protesting against the demolition. It was after they were able to disperse the crowd that the bulldozer moved into the street and commenced the demolition exercise.


“It will be recalled that while the Governor on December 27 claimed that there was no existing document showing that the land was properly allocated to late Dr. Saraki, the same government through its agent on Monday circulated a letter of allocation to Asa Investments owned by Dr. Saraki in which the company was directed to pay the sum of N1, 047, 090 (One Million, Forty Seven Thousand and Ninety Naira only). The government then changed its story that the property was allocated to a company which had nothing to do with any politician, dead or alive and that they could not find any record of money paid. The Saraki family has maintained that a Right of Occupancy title was issued to Asa Investment, an indication that the allocation was lawfully concluded with all parties meeting their obligations.

“The pre-emptive move by the state government to demolish the property was made to undermine and frustrate the judicial process and it represents another act of disrespect for the judiciary and the rule of law which the current government of Kwara State is known for. On our part, we call on supporters of the Saraki family, particularly the women and youth who were brutalized during the attempts to carry out the illegal demolition exercise to maintain peace and not take laws into their hands. We assure them that this illegality will not stand as the family will pursue all legal means to claim the rights of their late patriarch,” he said.


But the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye, while urging the people of the state to ignore the explanation of the embattled Saraki family, explained that the land was originally meant for secretariat and parking space of the Civil Service Clinic, but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments Limited, without any record of payment to the state government. He said: “Hundreds of civil servants still operate from rented apartments at a huge cost to the government. The new secretariat, once completed in 2021, will definitely go a long way to end this unhealthy trend as well as provide a more conducive and decent working environment for government workers.”

Ajakaiye added that governor of the state, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, had signed an instrument withdrawing the allocation of plots of land 1, 3 and 5 to the firm. He said that the said land was unlawfully appropriated contrary to the purpose for which it was meant. Ajakaiye added that the governor’s decision followed a resolution of the state’s House of Assembly urging him to reclaim the land because it was arbitrarily taken over in the 1990s without any evidence of payment by the company, even though the land was meant for public use.


Angry Minister

Party leaders are worried following indications that supporters of the governor and those of the Minister may engage in open disagreements over the matter soon. According to a serving member of the national assembly from the state, if the situation is not properly handled, the APC in the state may soon be thrown into fresh crisis. Recalling that the party is still struggling to manage a serious post-election crisis that has seen the leadership of the party and the government disagreeing over almost everything, he called for urgent interventions from relevant quarters.

“My take on this matter is that we need to put sentiments aside and address the complaints of all those concerned. I have heard from some people that the Honourable Minister was not carried along properly before her father’s house was demolished by the government. I have also heard from reliable sources that the Minister refused to see reasons with the government over its decision to demolish the house and acquire the land for government use. Whatever the truth is, we need to shun sentiments and address all complaints in the interest of the party,” the federal legislator said.


Already, some moves and statements credited to the Minister are being interpreted as part of her decision to take on Governor AbdulRazaq in the days to come. “And you and I can imagine what it will mean to the party should our governor and a Minister representing the state in the federal government engage in a political battle. This is what many of us are worried about. It is sad that there was no opportunity to discuss this issue before it got to this level. But as it is, all habds must be on deck to stop a crisis,” our source added.

In a statement by her special assistant, Titilope Anifowoshe, the minister, while expressing open solidarity with her embattled family, renamed her movement to ‘GRS-OLOYE.’ “So many things have happened this year, in fact, right up to the very dying hours of the year, but we will continue to take brave and faithful steps.


“We will continue to walk in the alight even though we have no idea what will happen next, though we are comforted, encouraged and reassured with this: ‘But they plan and Allah plans and Allah is the best of planners’ 8:30.

“So GRS Family, we are going to now be known as GRS-OLOYE Movement. We have a history and we are proud of that history. May Allah forgive the sins of ALL our dearly departed and may He make us worthy representatives of all that they stood for,” the statement read in part. Source within Ilorin also confirmed that hundreds of GRS-OLOYE members and supporters were among the crowd that attempted to stop the bulldozers from demolishing the buildings last Thursday. “They publicly joined other people to condemn the actions of Governor AbdulRazaq,” our source claimed.


Adamant governor

But in spite of the tension within the party and opposition to its action even among chieftains of the ruling party, the government insists the decision to demolish Ile Arugbo and acquire the land is in the interest of the state. In its reaction to criticism through the state commissioner for Communications, Malam Murtala Olanrewaju, after the demolition, the state government confirmed the reclamation of the land in the early hours of Thursday, explaining that the “action was carried out in the early hours to avoid any needless confrontation.”

“Attempts by some persons to provoke government agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism,” the commissioner said in a statement in Ilorin. Contrary to the claim that the state government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court papers has been served as at the time the government took the steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people,” he added, stating the readiness of the government to defend its decision at any time.

The government appealed to the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful and be guided only by facts of the matter and not to be drawn into what is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. “Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, and be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law,” Olanrewaju said.

Governor AbdulRazaq, had last month, while announcing his decision to revoke the ownership of the disputed land by the late Olusola Saraki, said it was illegally acquired. According to the governor who insisted it is wrong for anybody to attribute political vendetta to his action, the land was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and parking lot of the civil service clinic, but that it was unlawfully allocated to a private firm, Asa Investments Limited, without any record of payment to the state government.


#Newsworthy…

Gbemisola Saraki accused Kwara govt over demolition of “Ile Arugbo”


Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki, has accused Kwara State governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, of carrying out a revenge mission against her family by demolishing a property built by her late father, Dr Olusola Saraki, in Illorin, the state capital, for old people known as ‘Ile Arugbo’.

In a statement on Friday, the minister told Governor Abdulrazaq that “revenge cannot be a policy thrust of governance”, adding that the demolition was unwarranted and “disrespectful” to her.


According to her, the act could jeopardise the chances of the All Progressives Congress in the state in future elections.

She said, “At 3:00am on January 2, 2020, the governor of Kwara State, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, gave orders to the police to open fire on aged women at the contested welfare home popularly known as ‘Ile Arugbo’ (home for the aged) owned by my father, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki.


“As a staunch and loyal member of APC, I have kept quiet to date on the happenings in my state. I had done this for a number of reasons, including trying to keep my head when all about me are losing theirs.

“However, given the turn of events and the violent nature of the governor’s position, it is only right for me to speak now.


“By some recent steps taken, especially with Thursday’s actions, Kwara State APC must be careful to not allow a few elements with their own agenda other than governance to turn their personal vendetta into the official position of APC in the state.

“They must not be allowed to hijack the narrative of what our party stands for.


“My silence should not be misconstrued as tacit approval or support for the actions taken by the governor.

“However, I am comforted by the knowledge that my father’s good work and his respect, support and love for the aged, which was sadly lacking in the governor’s activities of Thursday, simply cannot be erased by demolishing a bungalow.


“When it comes down to it, Ile Arugbo is a piece of bare land that holds symbolic value of what my father stood for – humanitarianism, and that doesn’t start nor end with a building.

“But after the events of Thursday when the aged women were tear gassed and shot at in the wee hours of the morning (3:00 am), I do not want my silence to be misconstrued, as mischief makers have used that silence to attribute false statements allegedly made by me.

“The level of force and violence that the governor chose to adopt was totally unwarranted.

“It is especially disrespectful to me personally as a member of the APC since 2015, who welcomed and supported those who only joined us a couple of months to the elections, which includes the governor himself, that my position as a member of the party was not given any consideration and/or regard when approaching this issue.”


#Newsworthy…

Kwara state govt vs Bukola Saraki continues hot


Anger and condemnation have trailed the demolition of the structures on Plots 1, 3 and 5, otherwise known as Ile Arugbo (Old People’s Home) owned by the late Abubakar Olusola Saraki on the order of Kwara State Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

The demolition was reportedly supervised by one of his aides in the early hours of the morning after heavy firing of gunshots and tear gas canisters to scare away women and youths who had been keeping vigil on the land since New Year eve.

The house, popularly called Ile Arugo is located along the Ilofa Road in the Government Reserved Area, Ilorin.


Commissioner of Communications, Murtala Olanrewaju, in a statement, yesterday, defended the demolition and reclamation, saying the government acted within the limits of the law. He also urged the public to remain calm and law-abiding.

“Contrary to the claim that the state government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper had been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people. We urge people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, and be guided only by facts of the matter and not drawn into emotional outburst targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake. While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.”


Olanrewaju said security officials thwarted “attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty” during the demolition.

A resident, who preferred anonymity, said he woke up to meet bulldozers carrying out the demolition.


The land on which the house was built became a subject of controversy in the last few days. The building was used by the late Saraki to distribute foods, money and clothes to old women.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on December 27 announced the revocation of the tittle to land over alleged illegal acquisition by Saraki.


The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Rafiu Ajakaiye, said the property was not the ancestral home of the Saraki’s as portrayed to the public.

“Saraki’s ancestral home is in Agbaji, Ilorin. The property at issue,used for political meetings, is in the heart of the GRA, Ilorin. The government’s position is that the land was (and still is) a public property originally meant for the construction of government secretariat, a civil service clinic, and a parking lot for the two. However, ownership of the property was spuriously transferred to a private firm, and for commercial purpose, without the firm paying a kobo to the government or obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy. What the government has done is to reclaim the land in the spirit of what it was originally meant for,” Abdulrazaq said.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq


Scion of the late Kwara political leader, Bukola Saraki, a former senate president and governor of the state, has accused the Governor Abdulrazaq of waging a war against him and his father.

According to Bukola, the property was rightfully allocated to his late father in the name of one of his companies, Asa Investment Limited, since the 1980s. He also said that contrary to the claim of the governor, the land was properly allocated with a right of occupancy title issued on it.


#Newsworthy…

Your actions pictures how important ‘ile arugbo’ is – Saraki tell supporters.


Former Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has commended supporters of his family for showing support and displayed affection during the demolition of his family home popularly called ‘Ile Arugbo’ by the Kwara State government.

The building was demolished in the early hours of Thursday morning after police dispersed protesters, including old women.

Dr Saraki, while reacting said the actions of the protesters showed that they were not intimidated by the presence of security and government officials who perfected the orders of the state government.


“Following development this morning in Ile Arugbo, I want to commend the women, men, old and young, who displayed their affection, love and staunch support for my late father and the family.

“I appreciate the genuine support of the women and youths who stood firmly in the face of aggression and naked show of force.”


Kwara Govt Explains Why Saraki’s Property Was Demolished

The former senate president said that the actions by the protesters have shown a gesture of goodwill and passionate love, hoping that justice shall prevail soon.

Bukola Saraki


“Your action throughout the night gave full expression to my belief that what Ile Arugbo represents to all of us is etched in our hearts. It goes beyond the physical structure. I am happy that you were not intimidated as you stood your ground.

“This day will go down as the day you reciprocated the love and affection my father and family have for you. You have displayed a gesture of goodwill and passionate love. We assure you that justice shall prevail in a not too distant future. May God bless us all.”


#Newsworthy…

Kwara govt narrate why saraki’s ‘ile arugbo’ got demolished.

…served court papers on the matter


The Kwara State Government has revealed why it demolished Saraki’s political home popularly known as “Ile Arúgbó” in Ilorin in the early hours of Thursday January 2, 2020.

Kwara state’s commissioner of communications, Murtala Olanrewaju said the demolition began quite early to avoid ‘needless’ protests. He also debunked claims of the state government receiving a court order stopping the demolition as he appealed to residents of the state to remain calm.


The statement read in parts;

“The Kwara State Government early today began the physical reclamation of the plot of land bordering the civil service clinic in Ilorin.


“The reclamation exercise began in the early hours of Thursday to avoid any needless confrontation. Attempts by some persons to provoke government’s agents on lawful duty were resisted by the security agents who exercised the highest level of restraint and professionalism.

“Contrary to the claim that the State Government was served court papers on the matter, we state that no court paper has been served as at the time the government took steps to preserve what lawfully belongs to the people.

“Finally, we urge the people of the state to remain calm, peaceful, and be guided only by facts of the matter and not be drawn into an emotional outburst that is targeted at distracting the public from the issues at stake.

“While the administration is focused on restoring sanity to the state after years of barefaced impunity, we will do so within the limit of the law.”


#Newsworthy…

Move to demolish Saraki’s property is wickedness – PDP


PDP has described the demolition of the political home of the Saraki family by the Kwara state government as ”wicked” and a ”recipe for crisis”.

The Kwara state government in the early hours of today, carried out the demolition of the property that was popularly known as ” “Ile Arúgbó”. The government said the land used to erect the property was fraudulently acquired by the Saraki family.


In a statement released this eveing, PDP described the demolition as wicked. Read the statement below

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in the strongest terms, the unwarranted and vindictive demolition of a property belonging to former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Kwara state government.


The PDP described the invasion and demolition as wicked, cowardly and a direct recipe for huge crisis in the state.

The party holds that it is clear that the action of the state government is borne out of hatred and political intolerance, in furtherance of the larger plot by the APC and its administration to intimidate, suppress, hound, crush and silence opposition and dissenting voices in our country, in the bid to foist a siege mentality on the citizenry.


The PDP dismisses the reasons being spewed by the APC administration for this New Year dastardly act as baseless, false and incongruous, as they fail to add up, to justify the ferocious invasion, harassment of citizens and demolition of the said property.

The demolition is a complete subversion of rule of law as the matter is already in court. The APC-led Kwara state government could not wait for the outcome of the court process apparently because it knows that it is pursuing an illegal agenda.


Nigerians know how the APC and its government have been hounding, harassing and dragging Senator Saraki around over trumped-up charges, for daring to be among compatriots at the forefront of the quest to rescue our nation from misrule and strangleholds of the APC and its cabal.

The APC and Kwara state government should perish their idea of trying to use false claims and propaganda to justify their wicked act and take over the property, as such cannot hoodwink Nigerians from the truth.


Moreover, the timing of the invasion and demolition, in the wee hours and under the cover of darkness, is a direct indication that the state government was carrying out an unwholesome and condemnable operation during which defenceless women were fired with gunshots.

The PDP invites Nigerians to note that demolition of property, genuinely belonging to opposition leaders and other Nigerians perceived to be opposed to APC’s oppressive administration, has become a policy of the APC and its government in their bid to subjugate Nigerians and exclusively appropriate our common patrimomy for their selfish purposes.


Nigerians have not forgotten how APC leaders, including those at the Presidency, applauded whenever property belonging to perceived political opponents was unjustly and viciously pulled down in APC-controlled states and even in Abuja.

The PDP however cautions the APC, its administration, and in this particular case, the Kwara state government, against crossing the boundaries and stretching the forbearance of the people, which is already causing a tension that could trigger serious unrest in our country.

It is also instructive to note that in the years the PDP governed Kwara state, there was no case of government demolishing the property of opposition members or supporters under any guise whatsoever.

Our party therefore stands with Senator Saraki and cautions the Kwara state government to henceforth steer clear of the property.


#Newsworthy…

Kwara govt demolish Saraki’s ‘Ile Arugbo’ in ilorin.


The Kwara state government has demolished the political home of the family of former senate President, Bukola Saraki. The demolition exercise took place in the early hours of today January 2nd.

The building which is popularly referred to as ‘Ile Arúgbó’ in Ilorin, the state capital, was demolished under the supervision of security operatives who kept protesters including aged women away.

Recall that in December 2019, the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq, had announced the decision of the state government to demolish the property on grounds that the land on which the property was erected, was illegally acquired by the Saraki family.

According to the state governor, the land was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and parking lot of the civil service clinic, but was unlawfully allocated to a private firm — Asa Investments Limited which is allegedly owned by the Sarakis.

In his defence, the former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, in a statement released, argued that his late father lawfully acquired the land from the state government.

“The property had been rightfully allocated to my late father under the name of one of his companies, Asa Investment Limited, since the 1980s and contrary to the claim of the Governor, the land was properly allocated and a Right of Occupancy title issued on it” Saraki said

 Kwara state government demolishes political home of ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki

 Kwara state government demolishes political home of ex-Senate President, Bukola Saraki


#Newsworthy…

It’s without evidence! The sarakis have not paid for the lands forfeited – Kwara govt.


The Kwara state bureau of lands says the Saraki family did not make payment for a piece of land it occupied in Ilorin the state capital.

The state government in December took over the land, saying it was originally designated for the construction of a secretariat and the parking lot of the civil service clinic. Bukola Saraki, former senate president, said the land was duly allocated and that a right of occupancy was issued on it.


However, Ibrahim Salman, director-general of the bureau of lands, in a statement on Wednesday, refuted this claim.

“The entire land was acquired in the 1970s for Overriding Public Interest and same was initially designed to host the phase II of the State Secretariat. The construction of the said State Secretariat Phase II was actually commenced and it was at superstructure level before same was abandoned,” he said.


“The entire land was later redesigned in the 1980s for the construction of a Civil Service Clinic, State Secretariat, and a parking lot for both the Clinic and the State Secretariat.

“The Clinic was subsequently constructed in 1982, while the remaining plots of land were conceived for the expansion of the Clinic into a full-fledged Hospital. The dream of the State Government was stalled when part of the land slated for the parking lot was spuriously allocated in principle to one Asa Investment for commercial purpose.


“From available records, the allocation was not based on a formal application, nor application forms filled; there was no evidence of payment for the said allocation as stipulated in the letter of allocation in principle and consequently, no right of occupancy was ever issued to the Company.

“Furthermore, in flagrant abuse of the allocation terms, the company took possession of the land and constructed what is today known as “Ile Arugbo” on part of the land that was designed as parking lot and later conceived to host the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic into a full-fledged Hospital.”

Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki


He said following a resolution of the Kwara state house of assembly mandating the government to revoke the allocation, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, governor of the state signed an instrument to reclaim the land on the grounds that it was unlawfully allocated.

He said the statement issued is to state the facts on the land as contained in the records of the bureau.


#Newsworthy…

Bukola Saraki tackles Kwara government after his properties seizure.

…says my father’s legacy can’t be destroyed


Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki has tackled Kwara State Government for taking over a piece of land occupied by the Sarakis in Ilorin, the state capital.

Explaining reasons for revoking the land, Rafiu Ajakaiye, chief press secretary to the state governor in a statement said the land was originally meant for government secretariat.

He added that the land was unlawfully allocated to one of Saraki’s late father’s private firms without any record of payment to the state.


Reacting to the allegation, Saraki said the state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq is waging war against him and his father.

In a statement he personally signed, Saraki, who governed the state from 2003 to 2011, said the land was duly allocated to his family and a Right of Occupancy title issued on it.


He said, “It should be noted that the excuse given by Abdulrazaq in his revocation holds no water since it is clear that this is the height of his vengeance against my father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki and I.”

“This action is clearly a manifestation of vengeance … in his narrow-mindedness, he believes his victory at the polls is an empowerment, entitlement and enablement to settle scores, provoke and pursue inter-family rivalry. They expected development and fulfilment of promises.”


Saraki said the seven months of Abdulrazaq’s administration has been all about attacking his father’s legacies in Kwara state.

He said, “Seven months down the line, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has shown that its cardinal Programme is to wage war against my late father and I. He has demonstrated that his only competence and astuteness is in the area of viciously assailing the late Oloye Saraki and I. Definitely, he is a man with no sense of history. Enough is enough. Now, he has crossed the line,”


“Perhaps, I should let it be known that if Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq thinks he is taking all these actions to get at me, he is only deceiving himself. There is no basis for competition between us. Our paths cannot cross because the status that he is struggling to attain, Almighty Allah has given it to me many years before now.”

The former senate president, however, said that he would not contest the revocation of his properties by the state government, adding that the governor would not win the war he had declared on the legacies of his late father, Dr. Olushola Saraki.

“With all his subterranean and open moves against my family, person and property, I remain unmoved.

“However, his open antagonism against my late father and his legacies is unwarranted and will not be tolerated. He has definitely gone beyond bounds as he cannot be allowed to ride roughshod on the deceased. In this war against my late father, he will not win,” he said.


#Newsworthy…