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Saraki Faces 13-Count Charge Over False Asset Declaration on Friday

Senate President, Dr. Bukola  Saraki, is to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja, on Friday, September 18, over allegations bordering on false and improper declaration of assets.
Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara State from 2003-2011 is alleged to have acquired the assets when he was governor for eight years.
The 13-count charge against Saraki, who has been served with the charge sheet, was filed before the tribunal by the Code of Conduct Bureau through the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation.
According to the charge sheet No. CCT/ABJ/01/15, Saraki is also accused of operating an American Express credit card account during his tenure as Governor, where he allegedly wired at least $3.4 million to from a Nigerian account.
The law prohibits public officers from operating foreign bank accounts while in service.
Count one of the 13-count charge reads, “That you, Dr. Olubukola Abubakar Saraki, while being the Executive Governor of Kwara State on or about 16th September, 2003 within the jurisdiction of this Hon. Tribunal, did make a false declaration in assets ¬†declaration form for public officers on assumption of office as Governor of Kwara State by making an anticipatory asset declaration in that you claimed to have owned and acquired No. 15A and N0. 15B McDonald Ikoyi, Lagos through your company Carlisle Properties Limited in the year 2006 when the said property was in actual fact sold by the Implementation Committee on Federal Government landed property in the year 2006 to your companies Tiny Tee Limited and Vitti Oil Limited for the aggregate sum of N396, 150, 000 and you hereby committed an offence under Section 15 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Cap C15, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 and incorporated under Paragraph 11(1) and (2) of Part 1, 5th 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 and incorporated under Paragraph 18 of part 1, 5th Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The Street Journal recalls that Saraki has come under intense pressure since his election as Senate President against the directive of his political party, the All Progressives Party (APC), which had shown preference for Senator Ahmed Lawan.
The Senate President’s wife, Toyin, was also recently invited for interrogation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering and looting of Kwara State government funds, when her husband was governor.

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