Drama As Saraki Takes 106 Lawyers To CCT Trial In Abuja


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June 9, 2017 – Drama As 106 Lawyers Follow Saraki To CCT Trial In Abuja

The CCT Tribunal sitting in Abuja on Thursday reserved judgement in the alleged false assets declaration suit filed by the Federal Government against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. Earlier, before the tribunal reserved judgement, Saraki, through his counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), who led about 105 other lawyers, argued that the federal government, by the charge brought, has not established any prima facie case against the defendant.

Out of the 106 lawyers who represented Saraki at the Tribunal, six were SANS, while others were junior lawyers.

Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, however, insisted that a prima facie case has been made against the defendant and, as such, the tribunal should direct him to come and defend himself. The federal government had slammed an 18-count charge on Saraki bothering on false and anticipatory assets declaration. The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

The prosecution, however, called three witnesses which included an investigative officer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Michael Wetkas, a senior official of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Samuel Madojemu and an account officer from the GTB.

After the prosecution closed its case, the defence filed a no-case submission. A no-case submission is usually filed by an accused person to show that the prosecution has not, in any way, linked him with the alleged crime. Arguing his no-case submission, Agabi urged the tribunal to dismiss the charge brought against the defendant and allow him to go home and rest.

He noted that the prosecution submitted that the investigation that led to the trial was based on a petition. He, however, urged the tribunal to read the petition, adding that it has nothing to do with the defendant.

Opposing the application, Jacobs submitted that the prosecution had established a prima facie against the defendant.

He urged the tribunal to study closely exhibits 1 and 26 which are assets declarations made by the defendant after investigations have started. He added that on the said exhibits, the defendant listed all the alleged properties which he claimed he acquired in 1992 and 1999.

Jacobs further submitted that going by exhibits 1-5, it will be discovered that the defendant did not declare the said properties. After listening to all the parties, the chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, said the date of judgement will be communicated to the parties.

[Daily Telegraph]

12 thoughts on “Drama As Saraki Takes 106 Lawyers To CCT Trial In Abuja

  1. Only in Nigeria…next time let him add more, that’s their own way of creating job.

    Anybody who is thinking that the reason why Nigerians are not respected in any part of the Globe is because of the petty crimes or drug meddling by our people is wrong, this is one of the reasons,our so called leaders are completely a mess.

  2. Iranu! If a man has pocketed enough money, he can afford a million lawyers. Its just his way of mocking the whole anti corruption process.
    Kontinu, God is also laughing at u because of what he has in stock for u.

  3. Democracy is being mocked and judiciary ridiculed.with all illegalities like undecleared many foreign accounts and other atrocities as a former governor committed by saraki.he would been in james for a long time like ibori.obasanjo sacked senate presidents from south east like crazy, of course,saraki is a northerner.the untouchables

  4. Only 106? For his crimes, he’ll need 106,000 Lawyers. Idiot! And who is paying the Lawyers if we may ask? Is it not from the money you stole? Robbing Peter to pay Paul. Saraki your own “reward” is coming o. If you are above the law in Nigeria, in God’s court, you are just like any mortal being. Ole oshi!

  5. Saraki sabi something o. Bicos bifor all the lawyers have talk one by one finish, 10 years must pass away.

  6. Today the leader of UKIP in the UK resigned his leadership bcos his leadership style was been questioned. The former UK Prime Minister Resigned bcos he lost the UK referendom in 2016. Why not Saraki do the needful

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