Wednesday, 14 June 2017

CCT clears Saraki of false asset declaration charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CBT) has discharged and acquitted Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial over allegations of false assets declaration.

Saraki was discharged on Wednesday by Justice Danladi Umar.

Umar said the decision was based on the unreliability of the evidence of the principal witness in the case. He said the evidence is not substantial to continue with the case.

Umar, in his ruling, said the prosecution team had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that Saraki was indeed guilty of false asset declaration.

The witnesses brought in by the Federal government had given contrary testimonies during the trial.

On May 4th this year, Saraki through his counsel, informed the tribunal that he would file a no-case submission, which implies that he is not opening a defence but asking the tribunal to discharge him of the charges because there is no case against him.

This was after the prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs called its final witness and closed it case.

 In September 2015, the Federal government filed a 13- count corruption charge against Saraki.

Among the charges, Saraki was accused of making false declaration of assets on assumption of office as governor of Kwara state in 2003.

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