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Code of Conduct Tribunal discharges Saraki

Code of Conduct Tribunal discharges Saraki”

Saraki had been standing trial over false assets declaration, and last month filed a no case submission on the amended 18-count charge by the government.

According to Danladi, the defence was able to discredit all the evidence adduced by the prosecution during cross examination of witnesses.

"The judgement has also shown that his colleagues in the upper chamber of the National Assembly made the right choice by returning him unopposed as the Senate President".

But arguing the Federal Government's objection to the no-case submission on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said there was a "serious prima facie case" against the Senate President.

Umar said that the witnesses brought by the prosecution were incoherent, and dismissed all charges against Saraki, including those of false asset declaration and unlawful operation of foreign accounts.

Describing Saraki's discharge at the tribunal as a "victory over tyranny", Fayose said back in 2016, he predicted that Saraki would be set free.

The panel maintained that all the evidence the Federal Government tendered against the defendant lacked probative value.

He had testified that details of the outcome of the investigation were based on information given to him by the "team"; a term which is regarded as invalid in law, as it has no constitutional or statutory backing.

NAIJ.com gathered that Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, on Wednesday June 14, said the judgment was another lesson for the President Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress Federal Government that criminal cases are not won on the pages of newspapers. "When we do, we will study it to know the next line of action to take", Akute told newsmen.

The Head of the Nigeria chapter of TI, Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani said that what transpired at the CCT was a clear indication that Nigeria's corrupt elite are united and will stop at nothing to circumvent the system. All charges against Saraki have been dismissed. "Nobody can charge me politically no matter how politically motivated he is against me, because I have nothing".

The governor made the call on Wednesday in Ilorin while addressing supporters of Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, the President of the Senate, who came to the Government House on solidarity visit.



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