FALSE ASSETS DECLARATION: FG OPENS CASE AGAINST SARAKI

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An operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Michael Wesca has been telling the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja how the Senate President, Bukola Saraki used about 1.5million pound sterlings to buy properties in London during his tenure as governor of Kwara state. The EFCC witness was called after Saraki’s counsel failed to stop the trial through his application for adjournment.

Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for an alleged false declaration of his assets between 2003 to 2011 as Governor of Kwara state. When the day’s business which was for the prosecution to call its witnesses was about to start, Saraki’s counsel, Paul Usoro raised an objection on account of an appeal against the ruling of the tribunal. Usoro asked the tribunal to adjourn the trial pending the determination of an appeal filed before the Court of Appeal for stay of proceedings.

But prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs objected to the adjournment urging the tribunal to dismiss the application on the ground that defence wants to frustrate the trial. After stepping down the court proceedings for about 30 minutes, the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar in a ruling dismissed Saraki’s application for adjournment and ordered prosecution to call its witnesses.

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