Saraki’s Bid To Cancel 13-Count Corruption Charges Trial Set For Monday Fails As Judge Rejects Plea

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Sept 18, 2015 – Saraki’s 13-Count Corruption Charges For Trial On Monday, Abuja Court Rejects His Move To Stop Trial

A desperate last move by Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his arraignment failed yesterday at a High Court in Abuja.

Troubled Saraki raced to the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday to restrain Code of Conduct Bureau and the Office of the Attorney General (AGF) to stop his planned arrangement on a 13-count corruption charges brought again him by AGF.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed rejected his plea and directed that the respondents be put on notice.

The judge directed the respondents to appear before the court on Monday to show cause why Saraki’s prayers, as contained in his ex-parte motion, should not be granted.

In the charges, dated September 11, Saraki is accused of committing, among others, offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in the forms he filed at the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara State.

Here are the main charges

  • Making anticipatory declaration of House 15A & 15B, McDonald, Ikoyi, Lagos
  • Failure to declare property on Plot 2A, Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
  • Failure to declare property on No. 1, Tagus Street, Maitama, Abuja (Plot 2482, Cadastral Zone A06, Abuja)
  • Failure to declare property No.3, Tagus Street, Maitama, Abuja (Plot 2481, Cadastral Properties Limited)
  • Claiming to own property on No 42 Gerard Road, Ikoyi and earning N110,000,000.00 per annum at a time property was under construction
  • Failure to declare N375m GTB loan converted to 1.5m Pound Sterling and used to purchase property in London
  • Operating a foreign bank account
  • Transfer of $3.4m from GTB to foreign bank account during tenure as governor
  • Failure to declare leasehold interest in No. 42, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, Ikeja

A source said Saraki left Abuja immediately after he lost the case.