In the ongoing trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki, new allegation has emerged as a witness told the Code of Conduct Tribunal that Mr. Saraki transferred a whooping sum of $3 million while serving as Kwara State governor.
The witness, Nwachukwu Amazu, a banker working with GTBank told the Nigerian code of conduct bars public officials including state governors from operating foreign bank accounts, that the Senate President conducted several transactions of over $73,000 from his dollar account, maintained with the bank to his foreign account in the American Express Service Europe Ltd.
Amazu further revealed that the purpose of the transfer was to fund a foreign credit card, belonging to the American Express Bank and owned by the defendant. He said:
“He has a domiciliary account, with the GTB in US dollars and in pounds sterling. The domiciliary account is domiciled in Ilorin.”
The witness, however, could not explain the mode of operation of Mr. Saraki’s foreign credit card but offered to describe it through his knowledge of GTB credit card in the Nigerian perspective.
“I don’t know anything about the card, except if I explain with my knowledge of the GTB credit card in the Nigerian perspective.”
Mr. Amazu had worked with the funds transfer unit of the GBT, between 2006 and 2009 and was later transferred to another branch, but later returned to the unit. He said that Saraki made other fund transfers including that of £761, 904. 76 in February 2010, plus another sum of £632, 411.7 which he transferred for the defendant [Saraki] to Fortis Bank in London.
There were several testimonies by same witness revealing other money transferred through Saraki’s domiciliary accounts to foreign accounts.