Saraki’s Trial Adjourned To Next Year

Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, has adjourned the ongoing trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki, to January 11, 2017, for continuation of hearing.

This followed the end of the cross examination of the chief prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

During the cross examination at the resumption of hearing on Tuesday, counsel to the Senate President, Paul Usoro, asked the witness if he still stood by his claims that Saraki received salaries four years after his tenure as Kwara State Governor, even while still receiving salaries and allowances as Senator, and the witness answered in the affirmative.

Thereafter, Usoro told the tribunal that he is done with the cross-examination.

The chairman of the tribunal then asked the prosecution whether it wanted to cross-examine the witness, but the prosecution counsel, Umar Ibrahim, standing in for the lead prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs, asked for an adjournment to enable the prosecution prepare for a re-examination



    Umar then informed the parties in the case that the tribunal would not be able to adjourn to any date in 2016 and subject to the agreement of parties the trial has been adjourned to January 11, 2017.

    The senate president is accused by the EFCC of false assets declaration dating back to his time as governor of Kwara State.

    He is also accused of receiving salaries from the Kwara State government even after his tenure as governor had elapsed.

    Saraki pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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