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Bukola Saraki Innocent of False Asset Declaration Charges – CCT

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From left: Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Sen. Dino Melaye (Kogi, APC), Sen. Danjuma Goje (Gombe, APC) and others after the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted the Senate President of 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets, in Abuja on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03224/14/6/2017/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

Senate President Bukola Saraki who was arraigned for false asset declaration charges before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has been discharged and acquitted.

The Federal Government had filed an 18-count charge bordering on false assets declaration against Saraki.

Saraki was discharged by the Justice Umar Danladi-led tribunal on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused.

The tribunal said that the evidence against the Senate president was insufficient and washy.

According to Danladi, the defence was able to discredit all the evidence adduced by the prosecution during cross examination of witnesses.

The tribunal upheld the no-case-submission of Saraki, stressing that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross examination and therefore unreliable.

The CCT further held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.

The Federal Government on Thursday, February 23 re-arraigned Saraki, on an 18-count amended charge over false asset declaration and money laundering.

The prosecution team, led by Rotimi Jacobs, filed the amended charge on February 8 after trial had begun.

Saraki was initially standing trial on a 13-count charge of false asset declaration.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and his supporters after the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja discharged and acquitted him of 18-count charge of non-declaration of assets, in Abuja on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03225/14/6/2017/Ernest Okorie/BJO/NAN

3 Comments

  1. Victor Adegoke

    June 14, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Bukola Saraki a political juggernaut!

  2. Mercy

    June 14, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    of course he is!! *rolls eyes

  3. Asun Wenger

    June 14, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    What do you expect? The prosecutor in Chief (PMB) is now senile

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