Witness Insists, Saraki Received Salaries After Leaving Office as Governor

Michael Wetkas, the first prosecution witness in the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki over false assets declaration, Tuesday, insisted that Saraki continued to receive salary from Kwara State coffers even after he ceased to be governor of the state.
He stated this while being cross examined by one of the counsels to Saraki, Paul Usoro (SAN).
Tuesday proceedings ended a 14-day long cross-examination of the first prosecution witness which spanned over 5 months.
Saraki, a two-term former Governor of Kwara State, is on trial over alleged falsification of assets and anticipatory declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja.
At the resumed hearing Tuesday, Usoro announced that the defence has come to an end of the cross-examination of the witness after about 30 minutes of further cross examination.
Usoro said the length of the cross-examination was not to buy time or delay proceedings but was dictated by the complexity of the case.
Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) had at the proceedings on Monday complained that the defendant was taking much time for the cross-examination. The cross-examination started June before the judiciary vacation, he had noted.
However, while responding to a question Wetkas said he did not investigate the account of Kwara State government.
He also confirmed that he did not speak to the defendant throughout his investigation.
While adjourning the matter, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, said the Tribunal would not be able to continue with the case this year because of its busy schedule.
He adjourned the matter to January 11th, 2017 for possible re-examination of the witness by the prosecution and continuation of trial.

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