- The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) case involving Bukola Saraki has been decided by the Supreme Court in Abuja
- The case which involves an 18-count charge instituted against the Senate president was dropped in 2017 on the grounds that there was no evidence to incriminate him
- Justice Centus Nweze has discharged Saraki of the charges against him
The Supreme Court has upheld the appeal of Senate president Bukola Saraki and discharged him of the remaining three charges against him in the case of false declaration of assets, instituted by the CCT.
The court upheld the appeal in a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze on Friday, July 6 in Abuja.
The apex court ruled that there is insufficient proof to necessitate the trial before the CCT to proceed.
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The Danladi Umar-led CCT had, in June 2017, suspended the trial following an application by the Senate president. The CCT’s judgment was on the grounds that the prosecution, with its four witnesses and 49 exhibits tendered, could not provide evidence incriminating Saraki.
The 18-count charge bordered on Saraki’s alleged false assets declaration and other violation of the code of conduct for public personnel.
The tribunal had ruled that in the absence of any credible evidence to support the charges, there was no basis to call upon the Senate President to enter his defence.
However, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ruling in December, 2017, in an appeal filed by the presidency against the decision of the CCT, restored three out of the dismissed 18 counts and demanded that Saraki should to return to the CCT to respond to the indictments.
But both Saraki and the federal government were dissatisfied with separate parts of the Court of Appeal’s verdict.
Whereas Saraki had appealed to the Supreme Court against the part of the Court of Appeal’s decision restoring three of the 18 counts, the federal government had cross-appealed against the part of the decision affirming the tribunal’s dismissal of the rest of the 15 counts.
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