Again, Nigerian govt moves to amend Saraki’s false asset declaration charge

Senate President Bukola Saraki CCB Trail
Senate President Bukola Saraki CCB Trail

The Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, has again amended the charges brought against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Mr. Saraki is facing trial on a 16-count charge for alleged false asset declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.

The trial, which began in September 2015, was earlier amended in 2016, with an addition of three charges.

A prosecution witness, Samuel Madojemu, was already in the dock presenting his evidence when the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, announced his decision to amend the charges against Mr. Saraki.

After informing the tribunal about the application for hearing on the amended charge, the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, said he had not been briefed about the decision to amend the charges.

The defence counsel, however, said they had been served with a motion for the amendment of charge by the prosecution.

Subsequently the matter was stood down for an hour for hearing on the application to amend the charges.

Earlier Mr. Madojemu, who was head of investigation at the CCB, told the tribunal that investigation which led to the trial of Mr. Saraki had been triggered by a previous investigation conducted by a presidential investigation team in 2006.

“When we joined the team, a review of the investigation was done by the CCB, EFCC and other members of the team. In the course of the review, the team discovered that there was a previous report by a Presidential investigation team set up in 2006 consisting the CCB, EFCC and the SSS.

“It was that report which covered the beginning of tenure 2003 of the defendant. That report was what triggered the investigation,” he said.

Mr. Saraki was Kwara governor between 2003 and 2011.

Mr. Madojemu explained that the said investigation began with the EFCC after which the commission forwarded the result of its investigation to the office of the Attorney General of the Federation.

He said the AGF found the infractions allegedly committed had to do with false declaration of asset and that was how the Code of Conduct Bureau was invited into the matter.

The trial will continue later on Wednesday after the one hour adjournment.


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  • thusspokez

    Nigerian govt moves to amend Saraki’s false asset declaration charge

    The executive, legislative, judiciary are branches of what is generally called, the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government is therefore not synonymous with the executive branch.

    • Rexo

      @thusspokez:disqus

      If the shambolic Buhari government can’t also prosecute Bukola Saraki
      successfully on the documentary facts of concealment of assets contrary to law,
      the presidency may just dissolve the Profesor Sagay-led legal advisory committee
      as worse than useless because if that committee can prove grossly incompetent on
      final facts stated on written records it can be of no use in any future case where the
      facts are either hazy and vague and require only inference for the most part. By the
      same token, the attorney-general should be sent home and relieved of his job. He’ll
      be deemed a waste of space in such a case without a doubt.

      • thusspokez

        the attorney-general should be sent home and relieved of his job.

        I agree with the whole comment. Some would indeed say that attorney-general is the reason for the delay and confusion having cut backroom deal with the head of the Saraki crime family.

        It is obvious that the attorney-general and Judge Umar are the targets left for Saraki, to get him off having being unable to cut deals with Buhari and the VP.

        Who knows how embroiled the attorney-general is in the Sakari’s mess. A desperate criminal like Saraki would do whatever it takes, including using blackmail. Maybe the attorney-general has already accepted full or part consideration from Sakari, and Saraki now has the evidence to blackmail the attorney-general to do as he is told or face blackmail. Sorry, just my imagination flying away with me again. Nevertheless, it is one possibility.

        Nigeria is a country where if you even steal soup, the police will parade you with the pot of soup they accused you of stealing; and judges will sentence you to more than a year in prison. And yet the head of the Saraki crime family still remains president of the senate and living off public fund despite the abundance of evidence against him.

  • Tafida Gadzama

    Senate President has been honouring every call to come and answer his charges whilst maintaining peace and disharmony in the senate.

    APC need to rethink this wit hunt.