Code of Conduct Tribunal clears Saraki of false assets declaration charges

Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCB) has cleared the Senate President, Bukola Saraki of charges of false declaration of assets and anticipatory assets declaration.

The tribunal discharged and acquitted Saraki of all the 18 count charges filed against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, upheld the no-case submission pleaded by Saraki.

Justice Umar said the prosecution under cross examination, failed to provide adequate evidence to make the Senate President to defend himself against charges filed against him.

The chairman of the tribunal said, “From the simple analysis of the evidence of the prosecution, we find it difficult to accept the seriousness of the witnesses. All the evidences were so discredited, unreliable that no reasonable court will attach probate value to them.

“Since the essential ingredients of all the charges were not proved as required by law, this tribunal has no option to discharge and acquit the defendant in view of the manifestly unreliable evidence of the prosecution witnesses”.

Saraki’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro applauded the ruling.

The tribunal prosecutor, Pius Akuta, said he will get a copy of the ruling for the next line of action.

Reacting to the ruling, Saraki said the outcome of his trial at the tribunal has further renewed his faith and restored his hope in the nation’s judiciary.

“The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice,” he said.

It would be recalled that the Federal government had in September 2015 slammed charges of false declaration of assets, operating foreign accounts and collecting salaries from Kwara State government on Saraki years after he left office as Chief executive of the State.

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