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Friday, 6 July 2018

I'M HAPPY I HAVE BEEN VINDICATED AFTER 1,018 DAYS- SARAKI


Senate President Bukola Saraki is delighted after the Supreme Court freed him of the charges of false asset declaration brought against him by the Federal government.
Saraki, who had been involved in a series of court cases for almost three years, was finally discharged of all the charges by a five-man panel of judges led by Justices Justice Centus Nweze on Friday in Abuja.
“At the end of a tortuous journey of 1,018 Days counting from September 22, 2015, when the case began at the Tribunal, I am happy that I have been vindicated,” he said after the judgement.
The Senate President added, “The Supreme Court has affirmed that there is no evidence of false declaration of assets. The court also observed that certain agents took over the responsibility of the Code of Conduct Bureau in this trial, and one can infer that this was done towards a pre-determined end.”
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had quashed the 18 counts of false asset declaration and money laundering against Saraki by the EFCC for lacking in merit in 2017.
Although the Court of Appeal agreed in part with the lower court in its ruling on January 14, 2018, it held that Saraki had a case to answer in counts 4, 5, and 6, which had to do with his purchase of properties in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.
The Supreme Court, however, held that there was no basis for the Court of Appeal to have asked Saraki to defend himself on the three charges, having found the entire evidence of the prosecution as a product of hearsay.
The court dismissed the entire 18 charges brought against Saraki by the Federal Government and consequently discharged and acquitted the Senate President accordingly.

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