The Code of Conduct Tribunal has today in Abuja thrown out the 16-count charge brought against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki. The two-panel panel tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar today held that the federal government of Nigeria failed to prove essential elements of all the allegations it leveled against Saraki.
Justice Umar held that both oral and documentary evidence that were laid by four witnesses that the federal government brought before it were “so discredited during cross-examination,” adding it was “manifestly unreliable, that no court or tribunal can rely on it to make a conviction. In the light of the foregoing, the tribunal has no other option that to discharge the defendant. The Honourable tribunal upholds the no-case submission and the defendant is accordingly discharged and acquitted.
The federal government of Nigeria had in the charge with suit No. CCT/ABJ/01/15 alleged that Saraki made false/anticipatory declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau operated foreign accounts while in office as Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011, as well as collected governorship salary four years after his tenure had elapsed.