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Saraki discharged and acquitted by Code of Conduct Tribunal

*Prosecution did not prove her case

Former Kwara state governor and current President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, who has been standing trial over alleged false declaration of assets has been discharged and acquitted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

In his ruling, Chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar said the prosecution had failed to prove its allegations.

Senator Saraki had through his team of lawyers made a no-case submission on 4th May, 2017 following the closure of the case by the prosecution.

Saraki had consistently said that he was being only being persecuted for political reasons.

The Code of Conduct Bureau had in September 2015 dragged Senator Saraki to the Code of Conduct Tribunal with a 13-count charge over false declaration of assets.

In the charge sheet with reference number ABT/01/15, the former Kwara State governor was accused of offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in the forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was the Governor of Kwara State.

The CCB also accused Saraki of failing to declare some assets he acquired while serving as Kwara State governor.

Some of the offences allegedly committed by Saraki included allegedly acquiring assets beyond his legitimate earnings and operating foreign accounts while serving as a public officer. .

The CCB told the CCT that the offences ran contrary to the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.

It is not clear if the prosecution will be appealing against the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The CCB had on the 16th September, 2015 filed a 13-count charge against Saraki for alleged false and anticipatory declaration of assets.

The charges were increased to 15 on the 18th April, 2016 and another charge was added on the 27th April, 2016 to make it 16.

The government later increased the charges to 17 on the 11th January, 2017 and finally to 18 on the 23rd February, 2017.

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