This was disclosed by Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and a witness in the case while being cross examined by Paul Usoro (SAN), Saraki’s counsel.
Wetkas admitted that admitted that there was no evidence to show that Senate president, Bukola Saraki bought a piece of undeclared property
The property being referred to in the case is located at 15 McDonald street, Ikoyi, Lagos, which Saraki allegedly did not declare.
Wetkas, said that he did not check if the records of the property were at the Lagos Land Registry.
Based on a joint inspection report of the EFCC and the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) of the property on July 28, 2006, Usoro asked Wetkas if the committee from which the defendant allegedly bought the property numbered the street but Wetkas denied knowledge.
Usoro asked: “You do know that the committee does not deal with private property?”
Wetkas replied: “Yes. It only deals with government property.”
“Usoro asked: “Why did you go to the Lagos Land Registry?”
Wetkas: “For verification of property at 15A and B McDonald, Ikoyi, Lagos.”
“Usoro: “Are you aware that Lagos state government does not keep title deeds of federal government property?”
Wetkas: “I don’t know.”
Usoro: “Your inquiry to Lagos Land Registry how was it?
Wetkas: “It was in writing.”
Usoro: “Was the property in the reply of the registry?”
Wetkas: “I can’t recall.”
Usoro: “Did you check with them if they have a record of the property?”
Wetkas: “I didn’t check.”
Usoro: “Did you come across any document saying that the defendant bought personally the property in the course of your investigation?”
Wetkas: “There was none.”
However, the witness went on to explain that the property was paid for through the account of Carlye Properties and Investment Limited, one of Saraki’s companies.
He also claimed that the offer letter for the loan was signed by the wife of the defendant on behalf of the company.
Saraki has been charged with 13 counts of false declarations of assets while he was the governor of Kwara state.