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Evidence against you was insufficient and washy, CCT tells Saraki

Evidence against you was insufficient and washy, CCT tells Saraki

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) ,on Wednesday in Abuja, discharged and acquitted the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of allegations of false assets declaration.

The federal government had filed an 18-count charge bordering on false assets declaration against Saraki.

Saraki was discharged by the Umar Danladi-led tribunal on the ground that the prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused.

The tribunal said that the evidence against the Senate President was insufficient and washy.

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

The tribunal upheld the no-case-submission of Saraki, stressing that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross examination and therefore unreliable.

The CCT further held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.

The federal government on February 23 re-arraigned Saraki, on an 18-count amended charge over false asset declaration and money laundering.
The prosecution team, led by Rotimi Jacobs, filed the amended charge on February 8 after trial had begun.

Saraki was initially standing trial on a 13-count charge of false asset declaration.


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