CCT: Prosecution Closes Case Against Saraki as He Hints on No Case Submission

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to make a no case submission in the false aseets declaration charges preferred against him by the Federal Government since 2015.
Saraki, through his counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN) informed the Tribunal headed by Hon. Dandali Umar that he will will need the complete record of proceedings since 2015 when the trial started to enable him make his no case submission in line with the provisions of the law.
The decision of Saraki to make the no case submission came as the Federal Government formally closed its case against the Senate President after calling four witnesses and tendered several documents to establish a case of false assets declaration against the defendant.
Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), who led the prosecution team since the trial commenced, did not object to the announcement of the defendant to file a no case submission on the ground that it is the defendant’s right to do so.
Jacobs however pleaded with the Tribunal to consider time factor in View of the fact that trial had dragged since 2015.
Chairman of the Tribunal, Umar, after consultation with parties in the matter, fixed June 8, 2016 for the Tribunal to adopt the written submissions expected to be filed and exchanged by the prosecution and the defence.
At the resumed trial Thursday, a prosecution witness, Bayo Dauda had infomed the Tribunal that the document allegedly used for foreign transaction by Saraki were not in possession of the Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.
The witness, who came from the bank to tender some document and give evidence, informed the Tribunal that all efforts to locate the documents were unsuccessful because the transactions had taken place long time ago.
Besides, the witness further said that he had no address of any property bought in London by Saraki with the alleged foreign remittances.
He however admitted that Saraki, like any other customer took loans three times from the bank to purchase properties and that the loans had been repaid in line with terms of agreement guiding the loan agreement.
The witness informed the Tribunal that the defendant, apart from not defaulting in the payment for the three loans also complied with other terms which included the submissions of the tittle documents of the properties to bank, purchased with the loans.
Daudu further stated that Saraki also had a comprehensive insurance on the properties acquired with the loans.
It will be recalled that the Federal government had, in 2015 dragged Saraki before the Tribunal accusing him of failure to declare his assets as required by while he served as the executive Governor of Kwara state.

Author: News Editor

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