Corruption Trial: Saraki ‘disappointed’ with Supreme Court ruling

FILE PHOTO: The embattled senate president is currently on trial for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.
FILE PHOTO: The embattled senate president is currently on trial for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.

The senate president, Bukola Saraki, has expressed disappointment with Friday’s Supreme Court judgment, which ruled that he should face corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Federal Government accuses Mr. Saraki of false asset declaration, and had slammed a 13-count charge on him.

Mr. Saraki says the charges are politically motivated. On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed his objections to the trial, ending the senate president’s legal contest.

In his reaction, Mr. Saraki said he was “disappointed” with the ruling.

He said the matter before the court was not the substantial case of corruption allegation against him, but some preliminary matters.

Mr. Saraki however said he would have his day at the tribunal to prove his innocence.

Read the full statement signed by Mr. Saraki’s media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

After listening to the ruling of the Supreme Court in the appeal he filed to challenge the process of arraigning him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki hereby states as follows:

  1. He expresses disappointment over the Judgment of the apex court in the country on the six grounds of his appeal.
  2. He however will like to put it on record that the facts of the substantial matter are not before the Supreme Court since the apex court was only invited to rule on some preliminary issues in the process of commencing the trial.
  3. The Senate President believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges preferred against him during the trial proper.
  4. Dr. Saraki will like to thank everyone who has expressed support for him from the beginning of the case. He assures everyone that at the end of the day truth will prevail and justice will be served.

 

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  • MilitaryPolice01

    i thought they asked him to go and sin no more chai

    • duwdu

      You thought wrong o, my friend. 🙂

      P34c3
      …..

    • Sir Demo

      For where?

  • simon tor gideon

    If he knew he was innocent of the charges,why was he wasting time going to the fed high court and supreme court to halt the trial instead of facing the tribunal to prove his innocence?I dey laugh I no see nothing yet.

    • Sir Demo

      You jump one court o! Federal High court to federal Appeal Court then to Supreme Court!

  • tundemash

    Mr. Saraki however said he would have his day at the tribunal to prove his innocence.

    You ought to have done that months ago if your conscience is clear and stop wasting everyone’s time. And can you please recall the tens of mugus like eclub and shareidea, TAWANDA you put on this forum to muddle things up now that you have grown a pair of balls to answer to your charges at the court. Thanks.

    • share Idea

      What gullible people like you failed to understand is that some of us hat criticise the current administration does so not because we condone corrupt people but we are annoyed with obvious selective disdain being applied the administration.

      I’m not from the same state with Saraki, neither do I have any relationship with any politicians both past and present, I do not belong to any party too. Obasanjo jailed for IGP of police, did that stop corrupt act of deter others no.

      My main concern is that the current administration is not fighting corruption in a way hat is sustainable long term nor beyond his administration. I will repeat again, Buhari does not need to display strongman mentality to fight corruption but more energy should be channelled on consolidating so many scientific tools by previous administrations (especially GEJ) and over time, both politicians and non politicians will know there is no hiding place.

      If you’re in doubt of what I’m saying, ask people that are working in high places at FG government level, and if the person is sincere, he will acknowledge that GEJ blocked so many corrupt avenues at federal levels and they even fear him more than what the current administration is doing because the source of control is scientific which does not discriminate against party members or tribe but catches who ever violates defined criteria.

      • Adeolu

        You are just a joker. They feared who? “Stealing is not corruption? Why can’t the GEJ scientific tools hinder Dazuki, Dizeani and others from diverting and stealing Nigerians money? What a blockage of corruption avenues at federal levels! GEJ image launderer!

        • share Idea

          It is only your type that will arguing that new Nigerian passport have not reduced the incidence of faking one, just because they are a few people highly connected people that still manipulate the system – food for thought

          • Sir Demo

            No washing fit clean the ineffectual Buffon, he is too dirty for your efforts. It ain’t gonna work, at the right moment, he go go Kuje like Metuh

          • uncle g

            scientific control like the one exposed at NIMASA i surely guess??? Share Idea you’re genuis,
            Though your sponsor refunded the N25m back to govt. The left over will soon finish ooo, we’re waiting

      • whales1212

        Stop using Gej as a yardstick to fight corruption or any sort of competence. He’s not and don’t think everyone is that gullible to believe that. This is self deceit you’re feeding your mind with.

        • share Idea

          Please believe whatever you like and when you wean yourself APC induced emotions, you’ll come to same conclusion as discerning minds like us

      • JayM

        So how many thieves did his so called scientific control catch in his almost six years in office?

        • share Idea

          IPPIS removed over 60k ghost workers, PVC/Card Reader detected more than a million multiple voter registrants…

      • Sir Demo

        Shut the hell up and take your advice to your fellow Ekpas. Scientific ko, technological ni! Bundle of illogics cobbled amateurishly. Waste of time reading your jejune. Who cares about what you thinks sef?

      • tundemash

        You are so d@ft responding to this your rant would be an exercise in futility !

        Has Dokpesi not recalled you back to the amnesty camp to reprogramme you ? He’s just apologised and u need reprogramming!

      • Rumournaire

        You are absolutely amazing. GEJ stopped corruption? He might have stopped stealing of N1,000 because it was too small to steal. To get away with stealing under GEJ, it had to be in billions! Like Diezani, and Dasuki! Anything less, you were “incompetent at stealing”.

  • Angry Niaja

    Nowhere to run to or hide anymore, I find it very strange running from pillar to post, if really you are innocent you would want to clear your name by wanting a speedy trial, but only the guilty would opt for stopping a trial. This has gone on too long in Nigeria, these so called rich people must be held accountable for their crimes. A poor man steals and he is thrown in prison without trial for years and when eventually he goes to court is jailed for years. Recently a man was jailed 12 years for stealing 1.5million Naira, yet people who steal and embezel billions are walking free e.g Cecial Ibru of oceanic bank, where is the justice in all this. Bukola Saraki must be held accountable for his crimes, both in the past and now. He ruined the lives of thousands of people, Societe General bank comes to mind.

    • Turbo

      You forgot to add Erastus Akingbola – he’s a free man too!

  • Angry Niaja

    Now that 25 million has been returned by Ex VP Sambo’s aide for the bogus office and spewing out falsities by the last administration, seems a lot of those e-rats have gone a bit quiet. lol

  • New Nigerian

    3 months stalling tactic to gum up the process by Saraki…Justice delayed is justice denied.. It is repugnant and reprehensible that Saraki continues to drag the image of the senate into the ground by not stepping aside as the senate president I. the light of this sarakigate. The senate members should grow some backbone and remove the scandal-riddled duo of Saraki abd Ekweremadu and then choose new leadership that will work with executive to accelerate the implementation of the change mandate – which in the face of $65b bad debt (bad because it was borrowed and stolen by PDPlutocrats) is currently in jeopardy of slow implementation. All Nigerians should rise up and demand this.

    • Sir Demo

      Make dem no even worry, jail will take care of the sinators and other legislathieves

  • SAM .A

    This will be first test of PMB’s war against corruption. The stage is set between all the goats and yams of corruption and we the farmers that produce the yams . Finally Saraki’s Daniel has come to judgement despite all his running round to circumvent it.

  • FreeNigeria

    At the end of the day, Saraki will serve jail time in a maximum prison

  • Sir Demo

    Liar. Why don’t you get on with proving your innocence rather than blackmailing and wasting time. Wallahi you will go to prison

  • Igwe

    H will have your day in court to prove his innocence?
    Look at this man! He said this thing as if people have been blocking him from from reaching the court.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Bukola,,,,Yawaaa don full ground.

    • Ade Omowest

      Tawanda…. Wetin happen now, abi money don dry-off? Bukola Saraki na your man before now.

  • Holy truth

    Eh yaaah, sorry o. If d ruling was in saraki’s favour, we would have heard dat I have been vindicated. Go & face CCT & defend all d indefensible evidences starring at ur face 4 dis false declarations of assets. Don’t 4get o forgery of house of assembly standing order’s case is still around d corner o. Chei!,chei! Chei! Dis saraki of a guy is got a lot in his plate o. Well, it could be dat d spirit of d pple whose money disappeared into societte generale are crying. U can hide u can’t run.