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The Federal Government’s first prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas, on Monday ended his three days testimony in the ongoing trial of the the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on 13 counts of false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Wetkas, who was led in evidence by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), reeled out to the Danladi Umar-led tribunal the names of various companies operated by the Senate President while he was Governor of Kwara State betwen 2003 and 2011.
The prosecution had alleged that some of the companies were used by the Senate President to acquire properties which were allegedly not declared by Saraki.
The witness said the name of Saraki’s wife, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Saraki, featured as as director in two of the companies – Carlie Properties and Investments Limited and Skyview Limited – using her maiden surname as Oluwatoyin Ojora.
But he explained that on inviting the Senate President’s wife, she denied having anything to do with the companies.
He said, “From our findings the Managing Director of Carlie Properties Investments Limited, Mr. Kenedy Sule Izuabe, managed the company on behalf of the defendant.
“The defendant is the beneficiaries of the rent paid for these properties.
“From Exhibit 25, our findings showed that one company Babs Trading and Manufacturing Limited and Ojora Oluwatoyin were directors in Carlie Properties and Investments Limited and later on Mr. Keneth Izuabe was also added as a director in the company. The people mentioned are both directors and shareholders Limited.
“Babs Trading and Manufacturing Limited is also linked to the defendant.
“Ojora Oluwatoyin is the wife of the defendant. We invited her in the course of the investigation. The reason was because, from the statement of account of Carlie Properties and Investments Limited, and Skyview, her name featured as a signatory to the account of the companies. We called her to clarify some transactions and she said she did not participate in the activities and disbursements from the accounts of Carlie and Skyview.”
Wetkas is being cross-examined by the lead defence counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).