False Asset Declaration: Supreme court fixes date to rule on Saraki’s case
The Supreme Court has fixed Friday, July 6 to deliver judgment on whether or not Senate President Olubukola Saraki will return to the code of conduct Tribunal to continue trial on charges of false assets declaration
While adopting his final address before a five-man panel of the apex court Saraki’s counsel Kanu Agabi, told the court that the charges of false declaration of asset were not verified by any person or body authorized by law.
According to him, section 15 of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act stipulates that only an authorized person can verify whether a person’s asset declaration was properly done or not. He urged the court to dismiss the prosecution’s cross-appeal.
EFCC’s counsel Rotimi Jacobs in his response insisted that there was no law that an investigation must be conducted before charges can be preferred against any defendant.
Both Saraki and federal government are challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal, Abuja which nullified 15 out of 18 count charges filed against Saraki by the government but asked Saraki to open defense on the rest three charges.
While The senate president is asking the apex court to set aside the decision of the lower court and uphold that of the CCT which acquitted him. the federal government in its own cross-appeal is praying the apex court to uphold the entire charges against the Senate President for defense.