April 6, 2016 – Bukola Saraki Collected Kwara State Governor Salary As Pension While Elected Senator Till August 2015 – Witness Tells Court
The ongoing corruption and false asset declaration trial of Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki continued today, with First prosecution witness, Michael Weskat alleging that Saraki drew salaries from Kwara State, up till August 2015.
Saraki was the governor between May 2003 and May 2011. He was elected Senator for Kwara central in 2011.
Weskat told the Court that the EFCC wrote Access Bank to furnish it with the salary of the defendants to enable it know the income of defendants when he was governor of Kwara State.
“In the statement, the salary that was coming into the account was 254,412.55kobo as salary for July 2007.
“The salary paid for May 2011 was 291,124.00. The salary was paid on 3 June, 2011 as Kwara State govt May 2011 salary.
On 4 July, 2011, there was another payment June 2011 salary of N572,286,32 kobo.
“On 29 August 2011, there was another payment of another N744,002.22kobo.
“On 29 September, 2011, September salary and the sum is N740, On 27 October 2011, October salary for N1,165, 466.12.
“On the 7 Dec 2011, there was payment of the same amount.
“Then on 28 Dec 2011, there was payment of the same amount into the account as December pension.
“On 1 February, 2011, the same amount, but the narration is salary.
The witness said payment of salaries or pension into the account was stopped on 31 August, 2015.
“Does it mean the defendants was receiving salary after leaving office?” the Chairman of the Tribunal queried.
“That’s exactly what I am trying to prove. I know what I am doing,” Jacobs replied
The second tenure of Saraki as governor ended May 29, 2011 and he became a Senator also on 2011.