Supreme Court to rule on Saraki’s asset declaration case July 6

The Supreme Court has fixed July 6, 2018 to deliver judgment on the appeal filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on the false asset declaration charges levelled against him.

The court will also deliver judgment on the cross appeal filed by the Federal Government with regard to the charges.

Justice Musa Dattijo, who presided over the matter, fixed the date for final judgment after taking arguments from both parties.

When the matter was called on Thursday, Saraki asked the court to dismiss the 18-count criminal charge of false assets declaration brought against him by the government.

He told the court that the charges were frivolous, adding that a prima facie case was not established against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that tried him.

Counsel to Saraki, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), while adopting his final address, insisted that the charges were brought against his client in bad faith by the government.

Agabi said that the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) empowered to investigate Saraki on asset declaration did not do so as required by law.

He said that rather than CCB investigating Saraki, a purported report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was used to prepare the charges against him.

He argued that CCT was right in dismissing the charges during a ruling on Saraki’s no-case-submission because the purported report of EFCC was regarded as hearsay in law.

Agabi prayed the court to look into the testimony of the witnesses called by the government, noting that all of them confirmed that there was no petition against Saraki on his declared assets.

However, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), counsel to the government prayed the court to hold that Saraki had a case to answer.

Jacobs argued that there was no law that an investigation must be conducted before charges could be filed against a defendant.

The government had arraigned Saraki in 2015 at the CCT on false assets declaration charges. (NAN)

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