Court grants Saraki bail, main trial starts October 21 to…

Both prosecution and defence counsel have agreed on October 21, 22 and 23 for the main trial in the corruption charge against Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, after he appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal and pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.

Justice Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Tribunal, then adjourned sitting to allow Saraki receive proper brief of the 13-count charge against him.

In charge number ABT/01/15, dated September 11 and filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Saraki is accused of offences which include anticipatory declaration of assets, false declaration of assets in forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara state.

Other charges are that the Senate President failed to declare some assets he acquired while in office as governor.

Among other offences, including allegedly acquiring assets beyond his legitimate earnings, Saraki is also accused of operating foreign accounts while being a public officer – governor and senator.

The offences, the charge said, violated sections of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

Saraki is also said to have breached Section 2 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act and punishable under paragraph 9 of the said Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.

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10 Comments

  1. Saraki did what every Nigerian should when the state or oppressive powers rise against you: seek all legal means to ensure your freedom. He did not run away; he only appealed to the law of the land. That is the rule of law.

  2. Also El rufai, who should give account of the houses he appropriated for himself, his wife and children in Abuha when he was in charge at FCT

  3. Kayode, u are a liar. U have no single kobo in Nigerian bank. U are not even in NIGERIA.
    So, stop polluting here with that UR APC and Dictator Buhari type of lies.

  4. Why are you being sentiment on this matter and what is the involvement of the PDP in the case?
    Thank God you said the rule of law, then ask your self whether Constitution and an Act of law which one is superior in the land? that an ordinary CCT judge empower by an ACT has to disobey an High Court order knowing fully well that Constitutional High Court is empower the constitution of the land.

  5. This comment absolutely makes no sense just as your name implies. Is the CCT vested with the power to try treasury looters? You really need to study hard boy! Fashola, Amaechi and co you mentioned, ain’t you part of the deluded citizens who will also be crying fowl, wizard hunting when it’s happens? Just as you’re supporting your saraki and his gang right now. Now it’s crystal clear that Nigeria is not only suffering from leadership crisis, even the followers are so deficient in all ramifications.

  6. What is the sense he is making?. If Fashola, Amaechi or anyone is arraigned, should he also insist that it is unfair to try him while Saraki or any other suspect is not yet tried, when are we going to start the trials of suspects. Or do we wait until investigations of all corruption is concluded and arrange to have all of them charged to court the same day!! Didn’t some people believe that Tinubu’s trial before the CCT was politically motivated? Did he bcos of that ask for his trial to be suspended until other suspects in PDP are tried of accusations against them before his own trial could start. An honourable man would submit himself to trial and prove his innocence and subsequently insist others go through the same process he has gone through. He would not employ blackmail to justify why he should not be tried. Let Saraki defend himself against the charges. That would make it difficult for any Fashola, Amaechi or anybody to try using any antics to escape prosecution when their own turns come.

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