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Kwara Assembly explains why it ordered the seizure of Saraki’s properties

Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Kwara State House of Assembly has given reasons why it ordered the seizure of the Alimi Chalet and Ile Arugbo (an expanse of land), belonging to Ex-Senate President Bukola Saraki.

According to the lawmakers, the properties actually belong to the Government of Kwara and its people, adding that there was no evidence that Saraki legally acquired them.

The Speaker of the Assembly noted that the allocation of the properties to Saraki violated the Kwara State Former Governor’s Pension Law 2010, which was the brainchild of Saraki himself.

The Assembly further urged Saraki to prove that he legally acquired the properties.

Read below, the statement issued by the Kwara Assembly titled ‘Our position on the seizure of Alimi Chalet, Saraki’s House’;

“The Ile Arugbo had been erected on land originally meant for the expansion of the Civil Service Clinic and Phase II of the State Government Secretariat without any evidence that anyone paid a dime to the government for the land.

“The noise surrounding the affected property is politically motivated, as other public property unlawfully acquired are also being looked into.

“We dare say that allowing impunity to stand, no matter who is affected and how long it has taken place, is a disservice to the state and its people.

“Apart from the fact that the purported sale of the Alimi Chalet did not conform to the Kwara State former Governors’ Pension Law 2010, as amended, which incidentally was the brainchild of Saraki, we contend that there is no record anywhere that Saraki paid a dime to have the property transferred to him. The transfer only fits into what the late Fela Anikulapo called ‘paddy-paddy’ arrangement.”

“The pension law takes adequate care of the former governor (Saraki). The law allows ex-governors to own a five-bedroomed duplex, as opposed to the Alimi Chalet, which consists of three separate chalets with three boys’ quarters of three rooms each and, therefore, does not fit into the recommendation of the pension law of 2010.

“Aside from the three houses on over one hectare of land on Alimi Road supposedly given to Saraki under the state pension law, Saraki also got N250m under the same law to build another retirement home for himself.

“The said Alimi Chalet, which was gifted to him, is the property of the people of Kwara State and was never contemplated as a gift to former governors.”

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