The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, said on Tuesday that he has other important things to do, as he adjourned the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki till January 11. Umar while adjourning the ongoing trial on Tuesday said he had “other important things to attend to.”
Earlier, Counsel to the Senate President, Paul Usoro concluded his cross-examination of the first prosecution witness in the ongoing trial, Michael Wetkas. Wetkas, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was cross-examined on count 16 of the charge of false declaration of assets against Saraki.
The charge reads in part: “That you Saraki while being senator did receive monthly salary as governor of Kwara state.” The witness had on Monday informed the tribunal that Saraki who is standing trial for false and anticipatory assets declaration when he was the governor of Kwara State, lied that he procured a property with proceeds from a rice and sugar sales. The prosecution witness during the cross-examination admitted that Saraki was not interrogated in relation to the said charges.
Excerpt of the cross examination below:
Usoro: Did you speak with Kwara state government or officials as regard this allegation.
Wetkas: No, I didn’t speak with them.
Usoro: Throughout the investigation you didn’t speak with the defendant?
Wetkas: Yes, that is correct.
Usoro: So, in respect of this charge you didn’t have any input from him?
Wetkas: No, I did not.