False Assets Declaration: Saraki’s Trial Was Instigated From Outside CCB – Witness

A new twist has been added to the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for false assets declaration related offences as a prosecution witness, Samuel Madujemu, declared on Thursday that Saraki’s trial was instigated from outside the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
Answering questions while under cross examination by Saraki’s lead Counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), the witness who is the head of the investigation department of the CCB admitted that Saraki’s trial was at the instance of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Madujemu explained that Saraki was neither investigated nor invited to the CCB for any clarification on the asset forms he submitted because there was no complaint to that effect and because he (Saraki) had already made his asset forms on oath.
AGF and and the EFCC filed the criminal charge against Saraki in 2015.
The bureau which has the legal responsibility of vetting asset forms submitted to it by public office holders held that there was no petition or complaint of false assets declaration against the Senate President and that his assets declaration forms were not subjected to probe by the CCB.
Madujemu, a Director in the CCB informed the Justice Danladi Umar led panel that the issue of CCB inviting anybody for clarification on submitted forms was at the discretion of the Chairman of the bureau.
In the instant case, Madujemu revealed that the Chairman of the CCB did not consider it necessary to invite Saraki before he was charged before the Tribunal, insisting that it was the AGF, in 2015 that briefed the CCB Chairman on the need to put Saraki on trial in conjunction with the EFCC.
He said, that necessitated the second collaborative investigation team put in place for the purpose, adding that, he was not present when the AGF briefed the CCB boss but that he was briefed by the CCB Chairman after the meeting with the AGF.
“I was not a member of the EFCC team that investigated Saraki in 2006 and I cannot speak for that team. The outcome of the 2006 was found wanting and so, another team was put in place to continue from where they stopped.
“In 2015 when I was co-opted into the investigative team, all we had was oral instruction and our report was made orally to the CCB.
“The documents so far tendered at the Tribunal against Saraki were sourced by EFCC operatives on the joint investigative team and I cannot speak for them here.
“In fact, I am not familiar with every aspect of the exhibits tendered because we, in the CCB did not generate them. Our role was mainly to compare the asset forms of the defendant with the finding of the EFCC team”, he told the Tribunal.
The Tribunal Chairman adjourned till March 21, 2017 for continuation of cross examination of of the witness.

Author: News Editor

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