Again, Saraki arrives tribunal in company of only two Senators

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki just arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for his ongoing trial in company of two senators again.

Saraki who is currently standing trial on a 13 count charge bordering on false declaration of assets arrived the tribunal in company of two Senator, Ogola Foster of Bayelsa West and Senator, Jubrin Barau from Kano State.

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It was gathered that the same number of Senators accompanied Saraki to the tribunal in a show of solidarity yesterday which is a significant decrease from the number that previously accompanied the Senate President to the tribunal.

Speaking with Newsmen, a source from the National Assembly who wished not to be mention said the reason for the reduction is because there is a plenary session.

The source said, “There is plenary today and you don’t expect these Senators to accompany Saraki to the tribunal.

“They were sent there by their constituents to represent them and that takes precedence, after plenary those that can make it may still show up.”

The ongoing trial has seen the prosecution witnessed disclosing how Saraki used over N522m to purchase a property in Lagos.

The witness, Michael Wetkas, who is an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, told the tribunal how the Senate President used his account with the Guaranteed Trust Bank to launder money and procure properties while he was governor of Kwara State.

Wetkas had disclosed how Saraki transferred over $73, 000 to a foreign account from his account with Guaranteed Trust Bank.

He had said that documents relating to the transfer were burnt during a fire incident that occurred in one of the branches of the bank.

During yesterday’s sitting, Saraki’s counsel, Rephael Oluyede argued over a pending application which sought the disqualification of the trial judge, Danladi Umar.

Umar had adjourned the matter till today for ruling and continuation of trial.

Today’s proceeding is yet to commence.



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