CCT discharges Saraki, dismisses all charges

  • CCT discharges Saraki, dismisses all charges

CCT discharges Saraki, dismisses all charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja will today, Wednesday, deliver its ruling on the no-case submission filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to challenge his ongoing trial on the amended 18 charges of false declaration and other related offences.

The Daily Trust said in continuation of his visit to the headquarters of International Oil Companies (IOCs) operating in Nigeria, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Ibe Kachikwu has met with Shell and Total to make a case for more oil and gas investments in Nigeria.

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

Chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, in his ruling said the prosecution team had failed to provide sufficient evidence to prove that Saraki was indeed guilty of false asset declaration.

The President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki has described his nearly two years long trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as a torturous one. "Our reply on point of law is dated June 7, 2017". "It will be like an exercise in futility because this government is known for vendetta; they have nothing to offer", Governor Fayose said.

Kashamu in a statement he issued said: "I received with joy the news of the dismissal of the 18-count charge against Saraki, and his discharge from the trial by the CCT. We salute everyone, we are confident that with the judgment tremendous achievements would be achieved in the remaining two years ahead", she said.

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, described as "victory for democracy", the discharge and acquittal of Saraki.

"This judgement is good for our democracy as it will further enhance Nigerians' faith in the judiciary." the Governor said.

Amid drumming, singing and dancing at the APC state secretariat, located inside GRA Ilorin, members and executives of the ruling party, members of state executive council, women groups and supporters of the Senate President, adorned in multi-coloured, customised T-shirts, sang praises to God for the judgment.

Senate President Bukola Saraki's time at the helm of Nigeria's upper parliamentary chamber has been marred by numerous accusations of misconduct and investigations, though none have stuck. "Rather, what is being done is hiding under anti-corruption fight to persecute, humiliate, harass and malign perceived political enemies", he was quoted as saying.