Saraki Faces Additional Charges, Pleads not Guilty 

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who is standing trial for a 13 count charge (now 15) at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for false assets declaration has pleaded not guilty to the amended counts preferred against him.

Sakari, whose application to disqualify the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar, on the allegations that he (Umar) was facing a probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and so has no moral justification to try him, was dismissed by the Tribunal, said he was not guilty of the offences he was arrraigned for.

However, the original 13 counts were amended and additional were added, including his failure to declare his interest in a foreign credit card account to which he allegedly transferred huge sums of money to while being Governor of Kwara State.

He was also additionally accused of receiving salary and other entitlements from the Kwara State Government and the same time drew salary as a Senator.

In accepting the amendment, Tribunal Chairman refused the argument of the defence team, led by Paul Usoro (SAN), that the prosecution, under section 216(1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, was required to file a motion to that effect.

But Umar ruled that ‎the prosecution was not required to file a motion to give the reasons for the amendment before it could be accepted by the Tribunal.

The amended part says: “That you on or about, September 16, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this honourable tribunal did make a false declaration in the asset declaration form for public officers who you filled and submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau upon assumption of office as the governor of kwara state in the year 2003 as governor of Kwara state by your failure to declare your leasehold interest in number 42, Remi Fani-kayode street Ikeja, Lagos which you acquired through your company, Skyview Properties Limited from First Finance Trust Ltd. on December 12, 1996 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1)(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. CAP. C15, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and as incorporated under paragraph 11(1)(2),I fifth schedule to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and punishable under section 23(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act as incorporated under paragraph 18, Part I of the fifth schedule to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

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“That you between June 2011 and October 2013, within the jurisdiction of this honorable Tribunal, did receive monthly salaries or emoluments as governor of Kwara state and at the same time, from the Federal Government as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6(a) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. CAP. C15, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and as incorporated under paragraph 2(a), Part I of the, fifth schedule to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and punishable under section 23(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal act as incorporated under paragraph 18, Part I of the fifth schedule to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”

Saraki pleaded not guilty.

 

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