The Nigeria’s Code of Conduct Tribunal has discharged Senate president, Bukola Saraki of wrongdoings in the asset declaration trial.
Sahara Reporters in a series of tweets on prior and after the judgement said the Senate President bragged among colleagues and politicians that his trial at the Code of Conduct has been settled and allegedly paid about 2 million dollars to bribe the judge.
FLASH: Code of Conduct Tribunal Discharges @Bukolasaraki after the Senate President spent $2m to bribe the judge
— Sahara Reporters (@SaharaReporters) June 14, 2017
The Senate President, through his no-case submission filed before the CCT on May 26, 2017, contended that none of the exhibits tendered and no evidence given by the four prosecution witnesses linked him to the alleged offences to warrant him to defend the charges.
Federal Government’s position:
The prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said there was a “serious prima facie case” against the Senate President.
The prosecution had closed its case after its fourth witness, Mr. Bayo Dauda, an official of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Ilorin branch, started and concluded his testimony on May 4.
Adopting the defendant’s written addresses before the CCT last Thursday, the lead defence counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), said the petition which precipitated the charges had nothing to do with Saraki.
Agabi said the charges, especially counts 1, 2, 6, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, had disclosed no valid offences.
He said, “Our submission is that the prosecution has not made out a case warranting an answer from the defendant is dated May 21, 2017 and filed on May 26, 2017. Our reply on point of law is dated June 7, 2017.”
Federal Government’s angle
Jacobs insisted that the prosecution had made out a “serious prima facie case” had been established against the Senate President.
He urged the tribunal to analyse and juxtapose the various asset declaration forms submitted by the defendant to reveal the falsehoods in them.