Appeal Court sends Saraki back to Code of Conduct Tribunal

Bukola Saraki
Senate President Bukola Saraki

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal on Tuesday sent Bukola Saraki back to the Code of Conduct Tribunal to face charges of false declaration of asset.

The Nigerian government had appealed the acquittal of the Senate President earlier this year by the CCT.

The tribunal had dismissed all 18-count allegations of false and anticipatory declaration of asset by Mr. Saraki.

At its sitting today, the Court of Appeal panel ruled that Mr. Saraki did not sufficiently answer three of the charges.

The three-man panel, led by Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, dismissed the remaining 15 charges appealed by the Attorney-General Abubakar Malami.

A statement by Mr. Saraki’s media office said the Senate President will appeal the verdict to the Supreme Court.


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  • Bassey Frank

    Good for him. The other day, he said Jonathan allowed corruption to thrive under him. This time, he is entering the dock again and may, eventually, end up in jail. Nonsense!!!

    • Nath

      They re just playing with Nigerians intelligence. Nothing will happen to Sarakis. They needed to keep Sarakis busy invade he is nursing the ambition of decamping to PDP just like Atiku.

      • victoria

        One of the highest looter in the Land is in the news again

        • Nigerian My country

          Because he defeated thieftunbu hands down and made him an errand boy to baba.

      • princegab

        It’s a game of zero sum.
        1) hold saraki so as not to boost Atiku’s chance of victory is unnecessary because saraki stinks.
        2) presidency could extract more campaign money but pmb will loose election anyway.
        3) Saraki got this far with bribery and could go further but freedom from future prosecution not guaranteed.
        4) the romance between saraki and the cct cum presidency is an indictment in waiting.
        Therefore, they are all in shit.

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  • Timothy

    It wont make any difference because the Supreme Court will override the lower courts. Its that simply….Nigerians or rather I have lost hope…for those that suppose to provide hope for the common man. I read in the news some days ago where a man was sentenced to 7 years for stealing goats. It was swift, direct and sealed. Compare a goat to billions of Naira meant for development of a region…..maybe they will say just give us some and sin no more…or join our party and your sins will go away…..or they may even say use the money and campaign for a position and you wont be touched. While the man who stole a goat maybe out of hunger will sleep in a jail for years for being hungry. Am yet to see the Judiciary impress the people that they can protect them.

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Saraki should still carry along 100 lawyers to the court

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    But, when will Muhammadu Buhari face charges of certificate forgery and perjury? Yeye dey smell.

    • KWARA ARABA

      It does not matter that BUKOLA SARAKI is running from pillar to post
      like a guilty conscience with something to hide over his false declaration
      of assets – done to hide information on the source of the money he used to buy two houses in IKOYI in a single day – he willl now face the consequence of his clever by half and fraudulent deception of Nigerian people

      That’s why any
      appeal he’s considering to stall the trial for his deceptive fraud, as ordered
      by the Court of Appeal, will not save him, because an appeal does not operate as stay of proceeding of his new trial. It is good law to return BUKOLA SARAKI to the criminal dock to face trial for his fraudulent concealment of illicitly – acquired assets. NIGERIA will be better for it.

      Saraki must face full trial on the evidence without hindrance by any nonsense preliminary objection. He must come clean and admit ftom where he stole, earned or borrowed the money to buy two houses in Ikoyi in a single day as a public servant on monthly salary. Bukola Saraki has a case to answer.

  • chinedu

    The beauty of democracy and rule of law. I hope Efcc will learn not to bad mouth the judiciary when they lose some cases. Yesterday they lost at the Lagos court of appeal and today they have a partial victory in Abuja. Such is life. Preparation is key. I wish them the best on this matter.

    • Makusidi

      EFCC did not loose per say, the judge enacted a an ‘immunity’ for serving judges.. From nowhere! At least not in our constitution

      • chinedu

        It is actually right for us to hold our views. But when it comes to legal issues,the judiciary ‘must’ be allowed to do it’s job. They should quietly appeal to the supreme court. Most times their media drama puts them in double jeopardy when they win some of their cases.

  • Kwara Araba

    @disqus_okAltSGAox:disqus

    Bukola Saraki must face full trial on the evidence without hindrance by
    any nonsense preliminary objection. He must come clean and admit ftom where he
    stole, earned or borrowed the money to buy two houses in Ikoyi in a single day
    as a public servant on monthly salary. Bukola Saraki has a case to answer. That’s
    why any appeal he’s considering to stall the trial for his deceptive fraud, as
    ordered by the Court of Appeal, will not save him, because an appeal does not
    operate as stay of proceeding of his new trial. It is good law to return BUKOLA
    SARAKI to the criminal dock to face trial for his fraudulent concealment of
    illicitly – acquired assets. NIGERIA will be better for it.

    • sab

      But a military officer bought propertues in Dubai and you said it was from his salary savings, hmm, something is not adding up here.

  • Pure Reasoning

    If the appeal court think the CCT will convict Bukola Saraki of those three charges, they are mistaking. The CCT will rule in Saraki favour bcos the judges are already being paid off by Saraki. Highly placed political exposed persons don’t go to jail in Nigeria. Saraki will not see a day in Jail in Nigeria. Period!

    • Comfortkay

      You are one of those that doesn’t wish Nigerian well.

  • man

    good job okoi-obla. for once, the govt has won.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Bukola the super kleptocrat will still find ways and means of running rings around any court.

    • First Patriot

      @tawandaincommunicado:disqus

      Take my word for it. Bukola Saraki will face trial on this one and, as likely as not, shall be convicted.
      It is as simple as that. The evidence is overwhelming. The facts are not in dispute that Saraki bought
      two houses in Ikoyi in one day from a salary of a civil servant. This is too clear to permit second opinion.
      Nigeria’s Supreme Court will not fail to shed his appeal papers – and march Bukola Saraki off to face trial.

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  • Babs Fadipe

    I have had the honour of appearing His Lordship Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson while she was a High Court Judge in Benin before her well deserved elevation to the higher Bench. One fact that is common to both the Bar and the Bench in Edo State is that the Hon. Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson is not just a Judge of consummate experience, she is also very thorough in her handling of matters brought before her for adjudication. I have no doubt in my mind that such thoroughness was brought to bear on the Dr. Bukola Saraki (SP) matter in which she has said three of the counts should be tried again at the lower Court/Tribunal. While exercising his right of appeal, the legal team of the SP may also consider the idea preparing their defense for the 2nd journey to the Tribunal.