Kwara govt vs Saraki: I received N252m from Kwara govt, but it wasn’t sufficient – Saraki

A former senate president and Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki, has admitted that he got N252 million from the Kwara State Government to build a five-bedroom duplex for himself.

The money was not even enough to build the house, Mr Saraki said, saying he added his own money, to complete it.

He said the money was justified as it was backed by a Kwara State law that he put in place while he was governor.

Mr Saraki, a two-term governor, led the state between 2003 and 2011. He was elected senator in 2011 and elected the eighth senate president in 2015. He left the Senate in 2019.

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The N252 million is part of the Kwara funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused Mr Saraki of diverting.

He is accused of diverting not less than N10 billion from the state coffers.

The former governor has denied any wrongdoing.

The anti-graft agency has also insisted that the two Ilorin houses belonging to Saraki must be forfeited to the federal government because they were built with funds allegedly stolen from the coffers of Kwara State.

EFCC made the request before Justice Rilwan Akikawa of the Federal High Court in Lagos on Thursday.


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