CCT Discharges Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki
The Danladi Umar-led two-man panel of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja has dismissed 18-count charges of false asset declaration against Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The CCT had reserved its ruling after hearing Saraki’s no-case submission and the Federal Government’s objection to it on June 8.
On Wednesday, Danladi Umar, chairman of the tribunal, held that the prosecution did not sufficiently prove its case against the accused person.
He, therefore, discharged him of the charges.
The federal government had brought multiple counts of false asset declaration against Saraki. But the witnesses it brought to the trial gave contradictory testimonies.
A witness from the Code of Conduct of Bureau (CCB), which filed the charges on behalf of the government, even said that the agency did not conduct an independent investigation before filing them.
During his trial which started in 2015, Saraki was represented by at least five lawyers, who are senior advocates of Nigeria, and about 106 other lawyers.
Before the senate president’s discharge on Wednesday, the CCT had dismissed two applications he filed asking it to dismiss the charges against him.
He had even gone to the supreme court to have the charges quashed, but the apex court returned him to the tribunal which eventually cleared him of the charges on Wednesday.