AbatiIt has come to light that a N125 million building purportedly rented for Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) does not exist.

In a report exclusive to TheCable, several calls and searches did not turn up the building which is supposed to be located at Plot 973, Mban Close, off Pope John Paul Street, Maitama, Abuja.

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Calls to participating parties were either ignored entirely or directed to another office.

The property, described as a five-bedroom detached duplex with two-room guest chalet boys quarters, a swimming pool, air conditioners and 1,350 square metres with “ample parking space”, was rented for two years but the Senate President stays in his own home while in Abuja.

Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki’s spokesman, has denied knowledge of the property.

“I am telling you, it is a lie. The senate president lives in own house, and he does not take rent. He has no link to this issue,” he told TheCable.

So also is there a property at Plot 22, Vaal Street, off Rhine Street, Maitama, Abuja purportedly rented for Senate Deputy President Ike Ekweremadu. The rent is put at N40 million.

The existence of this was denied by the senator’s media aide, Uche Anichukwu, who said the deputy senate president is not aware of the property.

In both cases, the houses were signed for by Felix Akpoti, the director of Legendark Consultants, the lessor, and Omoniyi Olaloye, an engineer, who signed on behalf of the AMMC, which is under the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA).

TheCable reports that Akpoti refused to comment on the matter, demanding that the documents be sent to him. He did ask that email be sent which he forwarded to the FCDA and the senate committee on FCT.

The chairman of the senate committee on the FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, is quoted to said the documents were “made in Taiwan”.

Here and here are copies of the lease agreements. You can read the contract letters here, here and here.