Saraki Set To File A No-Case Submission At CCT

Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate President Bukola Saraki has indicated interest in filing a no-case submission in his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

A no-case application implies that the accused person wants the court to discharge him on the grounds that the prosecution has not done enough to establish a prima facie case against him.

During Thursday’s hearing, Counsel to the federal government, Rotimi Jacobs, called his fourth and last witness, Bayo Dauda, who is a senior staff of Guaranty Trust Bank as well as Saraki’s account officer.

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After the witness had been cross-examined, Jacobs told the tribunal that the prosecution has decided to close its case, which means the accused person is supposed to open his defence.

But Saraki’s counsel, Paul Erokoro, SAN, said that the defence team will file a no-case submission.

He prayed the tribunal to provide him with the details of proceedings in order to guide him while making its application.

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Erokoro also asked the tribunal for time, to properly analyse the testimonies.

Reacting to the defence team’s request, Jacobs noted that the defense ought to have been fully guided before making a no-case submission, adding that the request for more time was unnecessary, since the defense team had already reached its conclusion.

Chairman of the tribunal, ‎Danladi Umar, subsequently adjourned the case till June 8 for adoption of written addresses.

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Saraki is facing an 18-count charge of false asset declaration brought against him by the federal government.

The Senate President is also accused of operating foreign bank accounts during his time as the governor of Kwara State, against the provisions of the law.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.