Friday, 06 July 2018 15:44

UPDATED: Supreme Court Dismisses Saraki’s False Asset Charge

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The Supreme Court has dismissed the three remaining charges of false asset declaration brought against the Senate president, Bukola Saraki.

In a judgement on July 6, the court affirmed the June 2017 decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which ruled that the prosecution failed to prove the case against Mr. Saraki.

The senate president was brought on an initial 16-count charge of false asset declaration by the Code of Conduct Tribunal in September 2016 by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

He was accused of making anticipatory declaration of assets as well as withholding information regarding his assets while he was governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 and when he became a senator in 2011.

The charges were subsequently amended to 18-counts.

Mr. Saraki, who had challenged all charges against him at different levels, made a no-case submission at the CCT after the prosecution closed its case against him.

Following the application of a no-case submission, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, ruled that the evidences tendered by the prosecution were insufficient to substantiate its charges against the defendant.

Mr. Umar said the failure of the prosecution to bring a witness who was directly linked to the documents presented in court rendered their evidence incurably defective.

Following that decision, the federal government approached the Court of Appeal with a request that it sets aside the decision of the tribunal.

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