In continuation of his evidence against the Senate President Bukola Saraki, an Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) witness, Michael Wetcast, further told the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday that Saraki authorised the transfer of 3.4 million dollars to his USA bank account.
The Senate President Saraki was arraigned by the EFCC on a 13-count charge bordering on allegations of false asset declaration and money laundering. He had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki during his ongoing trail on false asset declaration at the code of conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
At the resumed hearing of the case, Wetcast, led in evidence by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said the defendant directed GTBank to transfer the funds to America Express Services, Europe Limited.
He said the money was later forwarded to Saraki’s bank account at America Express Bank in New York with registration number 730580 on Aug.25, The witness said on Nov. 5, 2005, that 20,000 dollars was lodged into Saraki’s GTB account at GRA Ilorin branch by one Bayo Dare and Abdul Adama.
The defence lawyer, Paul Usoro (SAN), did not object to the admissibility of the bank documents, but he reserves his arguments till later date.
Meanwhile, there was a drastic reduction in the number of senators accompanying Senate President, Wednesday for his trial.
He was accompanied by 12 senators, the lowest number since his trial began.
It would appear that his popularity among senators is dropping gradually.
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This is a reduction in the number of lawmakers that have been accompanying him to the CCT, since his trial began in September 2015 and the lowest so far, the highest being 81. He was accompanied by at least 50 senators the first time he appeared in court on September 22, 2015.
His second appearance was on October 21, 2015 and the Senate President was accompanied by at least 81 senators.