Head of Intelligence Unit, Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Mr. Samuel Madojemu, yesterday admitted before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that he visited Lagos alongside others to investigate assets of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, only after he had given evidence that he has completed investigation.
He also admitted that the Bureau began to source for evidence against Saraki after he had been arraigned at the tribunal on false assets declaration charges. The witness, who was under cross-examination by counsel to Saraki, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN), admitted visiting Lagos for the purpose of investigating Saraki’s assets only after his evidence in-chief.
At the resumed trial yesterday, the witness told the tribunal that he took photograph of the Lagos property of Saraki in February this year but could not recall the exact date.
The witness further told the tribunal that he was not alone on the Lagos trip and that the photographs of the assets are with the CCB. When asked if CCB ever invited Saraki to enter a statement, the witness stated that the Asset Declaration Forms sworn to under oath by Saraki served as a statement. The trial continues today.
Continuing under cross-examination, he stated that he could not recall in his 20 years at the Bureau if any one was ever charged to court without being invited as done to Saraki.
“I have handled many cases and there are instances where you invite the subject and they refuse to honour our invitation. Elder Godsday Orubebe was invited several times but he refused to honour the invitation and was thereafter charged to the tribunal and convicted,” he said.
Asked if it was justifiable to charge Saraki who was not invited even for once, the witness said it was the prerogative of the Bureau to invite or not to invite. “The decision on whether to invite or not to invite a declarant is beyond my competence. It is left for the management of the Bureau. So, I cannot give answer on that”, Madojemu said. The trial continues today for continuation of cross-examination of the witness.
22 March, 2017