Lanre Shittu, a car dealer, whose N300million bullet proof Range Rover car was seized by the Nigerian Customs Service because of fake documents, has stated that Senate President Bukola Saraki has nothing to do with the car.
The car dealer appeared on Monday before the Senate Committee on Ethics and Privileges tasked to investigate the car seizure scandal, alongside the car importer, Tokunbo Akindele and Saraki.
The importer, Mr. Tokunbo, who is also a staff of Oando testified that the bullet proof Range Rover was not imported for the Senate President, but was bought for an oil company, Oando.
He noted that the company later reviewed its decision to buy the car “because we have alternative,” he said.
Shittu, the CEO of Lanre Motors, said that he was approached by Wale Tinubu, the Oando boss, sometime in October 2016 for cosigning of the car to his company.
He noted that his company had no dealings with Saraki in respect of the car, but the Senate, adding that he bided following an advert and supplied the vehicle.
The importer and the dealer, Shittu and Tokunbo, denied knowing that the customs documents were fake. They noted that it was in 2017 they discovered that they were fake documents.
According to the Chairman Senate Committee on House Service, Gobir, he told the Ethics and Privileges Committee that Senator Bukola Saraki had nothing to do with the vehicle because the Senate bought “vehicles from dealers and dealers from importers”.
The Senate President also said that he was not a car dealer and never asked anyone to help him import the seized Range Rover.
“I did not import any vehicle. I did not ask anybody to import any vehicle on my behalf,” said Saraki.
“It is important that I clear my name, the documents are there and none of the documents are in my name.” he added