Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Game Over: CCT In No Case Submission For Saraki.

The Code Of Conduct Tribunal has ruled that Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki has no case to answer in the 18 charges of non-declaration of assets brought against him by the Federal Government.

The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) had on the 16th of September, 2017 reportedly accused Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, of the failure to declare his assets in full, an not only.
Saraki then faced 13-count charge over alleged misuse of the state funds for purchasing private assets while serving as Kwara state governor.

The offences ranged from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets. Apart from that, Saraki, whose emergence as the Senate president was associated with serious controversy, is said to have been operating foreign accounts during his governorship and senatorial terms.

The charges were increased to 15 on April 18, 2016 and another charge was added on April 27, 2016 to make it 16.
The government later increased the charges to 17 on January 11, 2017 and finally to 18 on February 23, 2017.

The Danladi Umar-led two-man panel of the CCT had reserved its ruling after hearing Saraki’s no-case submission and the Federal Government’s objection to it on June 8.

The Senate President, through his no-case submission filed before the CCT on May 26, 2017, contended that none of the exhibits tendered and no

evidence given by the four prosecution witnesses linked him to the alleged offences to warrant him to defend the charges.

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