Alleged False Asset Declaration: Saraki Investigated After Trial Started

A witness, Samuel Madojemu and Head of Intelligence Unit of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Samuel Madojemu in the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over alleged false declaration of asset, Tuesday, admitted visiting Lagos to investigate a property said to belong to Saraki after he (Madojemu) gave evidence against Saraki in the matter.
The witness admitted under cross examination by counsel to Saraki, Paul Erokoro (SAN) at the resumed trail at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Tuesday, that he indeed visited Saraki’s property in Lagos after testimony.
Madojemu, also confessed taken photograph of the Lagos property of Saraki with his ipad in February but cannot however, recall the exact date.
The witness had initially told the court that he did not conduct any search on the property. He also stated that he did not see any search report on the said property or any other property belonging to Saraki.
When asked by the defendant if he visited the property in Lagos at any time, he said he did but cannot remember exactly the period. When put to him that he visited the property after he gave his evidence in chief, the witness maintained that he could not remember, even when the defence volunteered 2nd and 3rd of February, the witness still maintained he could not recall the exact date.
However, upon further prodding by the counsel to Saraki, that there are evidences that he visited the said property within the period and that he should produce his phone which would produce the date and time the photos were taken, the witness stated that he took photograph with his ipad but cannot tell if some of his colleague who went with him at the time took photograph with his phone.
He promised to produce the phone in court Wednesday .
Asked if CCB ever invited Saraki to enter a statement, the witness said the asset declaration forms sworn to under oath by Saraki served as a statement.
“When Saraki made the asset declaration, he was not under suspicion. At the point of receipt of forms, when the receiving officer discovers that the form was not properly filled or some corrections need to be made, he will draw the attention of the declarant to effect the corrections in the form. The errors may be typographical errors, it may be disputive errors”, he said, adding that, he cannot confirm if these errors were noticed in Saraki’s forms since he was not the receiving officer.
He also said he cannot recall in his 20 years at the Bureau if any one was ever charged to court after not being invited. “I have handled many cases and there are instances where you invite the subject and they refuse to honour our invitation.
“Elder Godsday Orubebe was invited severally but refused to honour the invitation and was thereafter charged to the Tribunal and convicted”, he said.
Asked if it was justifiable that in the case of Saraki he was not invited even for once when Orubebe was invited severally, the witness said it is the prerogative of the Bureau to invite or not to invite.
The trial was adjourned to Wednesday for continuation of cross examination.

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