My trial for false assets declaration politically motivated – Saraki

The President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, has declared that his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, is political.

Saraki is currently facing an 18-count charge before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, in Abuja over false and anticipated declaration of assets when he was the governor of Kwara State.

In an interview with Daily Trust, the senate President said, “When that case started, if you go by the drums at that time, that case now as far as I am concerned is almost gone.

“The last witness that came before CCB, one by one all the questions they asked him, was this man ever invited before CCB, he said no. Is there anything in this form that he did not declare, he said no.

“As I said from day one, that case should never have gone to CCT. EFCC has no business taking a case to CCT. CCB is saying all these things; we don’t know anything about them. This is the first time that CCB will take anyone to court without first asking him to come and write a
statement.

“This is the first time that EFCC will prosecute a case at CCT. So many things in that trial are abnormal. People who have been following that case already know that it has collapsed. So I have no fear about it and we will not put it on the table. Certainly we were not pleased by it, to see the head of one arm of government sent to a trial that is more political than anything else.

“That was what those senators were talking about. But for the last two years did it stop us from working? We are carrying on, doing our best in working for people’s welfare. So while senators are not happy, I don’t think we should misinterpret what they said. This trial cannot be the reason for any rift between the two arms of government.”

“If you look at the case, it is not a normal case. This was an issue that happened 13 years ago even though they say that criminal issues have no limitation of time. Two, was the man ever invited to make a statement?

“If you put all these issues together, it raises suspicion that it is all political. But we have gone through the process, we are coming to the end of it and I am confident that insha Allah I shall be vindicated. There was another case, of forging Senate rules and it collapsed, so I believe that in this one too the truth will come out.”

SOURCE

barristerng.com

09 April, 2017

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