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Asset declaration: Saraki begins fresh defence before CCT

*To face three count charges as ordered by Court of Appeal

Dr. Bukola Saraki was on Tuesday re-arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false assets declaration.

Tuesday’s arraignment followed  a ruling of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal in December 2017 which dismissed 15 out of the 18-counts charges preferred against him in 2015.

The three member-panel, led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, dismissed the 15 charges but asked Saraki to answer the remaining three.

The panel ordered that the tribunal should try the Senate President again on count 4, 5 and 6.

In the count 4 of the charges, the Senate President was accused of making false asset declaration at the end of his tenure as the governor as Kwara State in 2011.

He was also accused of making false declaration on a property titled 17A McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos upon assumption as a senator in 2011.

The prosecution said that Saraki declared falsely that he acquired  the Ikoyi property on 6th September, 2006, from the proceeds of sale of rice and sugar.

In Count 5, Saraki was accused of making false asset declaration at the end of his tenure as the governor of Kwara State in 2011 and on assumption of office as a Senator in 2011.

The prosecution said that the defendant then also declared falsely when he claimed that he acquired another property at 17B McDonald, Ikoyi Lagos, on Sept. 6, 2006 from the proceeds of sale of rice and sugar.

In Count 6, the prosecution accused him of making a false declaration in his Asset Declaration Form at the end of his tenure as governor of Kwara in 2007 and on assumption of office for a second term as governor in 2007.

It said that he failed to declare his outstanding loan liabilities of N315, 054,355.92 out of the loan of N380, 000,000 obtained from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

Meanwhile, a defence witness, Mr Ademola Adebo, who is a Commissioner/Member of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), told the tribunal, while being cross-examined by the prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, that he worked on some of the assets declaration forms of the Senate president.

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