More Trouble For Saraki As CCT Files 3 New Charges Against Him

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April 28, 2016 – More Trouble For Saraki As CCT Files 3 New Charges Against Him

The CCT Thursday adjourned the trial of Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki on a 16-count charge of false assets declaration and maintaining offshore accounts to 10 May, 2016.

The adjournment followed the filing of three new counts and amendments of the 13 charges the Senate President was being tried for.

Paul Usoro, the lead prosecuting counsel had after the Senate President pleaded not guilty to the 16-count charge asked for amendments to enable the defence lawyers take instruction from the defendants on the new counts.

Usoro pointed out that apart from the three new counts, most of the initial charges have also been adjusted. He therefore asked for an adjournment.
He cited various instances in the different charges to back up his claim. Usoro requested for three weeks adjournment.

“The charge just presented is fundamentally altered, three weeks is what we ask to continue the cross examination of the first Prosecution Witness,” said the defence counsel.

He added that refusal to grant the adjournment will prejudice the defendant given that three new counts have been added and even those there before have been changed.

He was however opposed by Rotimi Jacobs, the lead prosecution counsel who said having already granted five adjournments to the defence, no other other adjournments exceeding seven days can be granted, citing Section 218(1) Administration of Criminal Justice Act to back up his claim.

Jacobs added that the defendant had not shown that he will suffer any prejudice if he asked to continue the cross examination of the first prosecution witness.

In his ruling, Justice Umar said there is need to strike a balance between the request of the defence and that of the prosecution.

He also said it is necessary for all the parties to ensure that the trial is speedily concluded.
Instead of three weeks, he said the defence will be granted an adjournment of 10 days.

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10 thoughts on “More Trouble For Saraki As CCT Files 3 New Charges Against Him

  1. Infact I don’t tired with all these their grammar.. for how long are they going to judge this man & sentence him to life in jail or are they trying to say he his an innocent man again …
    Haaa
    Our leaders were very wicked & selfish they don’t want to know if masses were suffering or not ….If not what could still be delaying those judges with all those cases against him …this thing they pain me like pepper… bcos if nar common man they would have forget about him for long time ago…..
    well God dey ooo.

  2. More charges will be brought against Saraki if his lawyer trying to prove he can get him off the hook. I don’t know the sins that Saraki must have committed, I thinks nemesis has surely catch up with him. Saraki was a governor for Kwara state for two consecutives terms. Out of eight years he spent in the office, he barely stays in his home state may be he slept in Kwara twice. He was staying in Lagos and running the status-quo from Lagos at the expense of Kwara indigene. This guy will visit Kwara State during the day on a special plane and come back to sleep in Lagos. Doing this for good eight years. Offshore account is another very solid evidence against Saraki and to show that he is maintaining an offshore account. Panama paper exposed the hidden asset maintained by a law firm on behalf of Saraki, David Mark the ex senate president, James Ibori and others. Saraki embezzled Kwara State money by wiring a huge sum of 1.5 million pounds to buy property in UK through a Belgium forte bank. There are many overwhelming evidences against this guy yet some people are supporting him. This guy is still getting paid after he had left the office as an ex-governor. Fellow Nigerians how do you think our wealth will go round the less privilege if only one person trying to steal 95% of the state income to himself?

  3. More charges again? I hereby sentence Sakari to prison with hard labour.whatever your age is plus 500 years

  4. jilo fear the supreme being and belief that one day you will be resurrected before almighty God to give account of your deeds. this is nothing but a huge scare monger which can set the escalator into hell. pls be careful of your utterances, saraki happen to be the best governor kwara has ever produce in his time 2003-2011. pls come down to kwara and see the legacy this man has set behind.
    I will continue to say this, saraki was been persecuted by some leaders from the ruling party which see saraki as a threat. saraki trial was no fight against coruption but a fight against emergence off the senate President. LIVE IT LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • @ Olutoyin, Saraki is not the only one being prosecuted for stealing the state funds. I don’t know why you are so defensive in favor of this guy. There are lots of things you guys never know about these people stealing your money. A law firm in Panama made a confession about money they were holding for top Nigerians politicians and Saraki name was mentioned (courtesy Sahara Reporter) David Matk and others were also mentioned. Aunty Toyin, you have to read other newspaper too, do not limit yourself to Naijagists alone. Saraki maintains an offshore account and EFCC have all these evidence ready to use against him. You may be one of Saraki’s fans but this guy is not a saint. If you think they are fabricating lies against him. What about the evidence from Panama? Mind you those law firms are under prosecution now.

  5. The only way for saraki to escape punishment is for him to honorably resign as the senate president

  6. Dey should spare us wit all dis saraki being in trouble each time without seeing any reasonable action towards him.
    Step into full action so justice could be done

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