The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja has dismissed the 18 charges of false asset declaration filed against the Senate President, Dr. Bulola Saraki.
The two-man panel of the CCT led by Danladi Umar unanimously upheld Saraki’s no-case submission, holding that the evidence led by the prosecution was discredited under cross-examination and therefore unreliable.
The CCT held that no reasonable tribunal would convict a defendant on the evidence led by the prosecution through its four witnesses.
The tribunal held that both oral and documentary evidence that were laid by four witnesses FG brought before it were “so discredited during cross-examination”, saying it was so”manifestly unreliable that no court or tribunal can rely on it to make a conviction.
“In the light of the foregoing, the tribunal has no other option that to discharge the defendant.
“The Honourable tribunal upholds the no-case submission and the defendant is accordingly discharged and acquitted,” Justice Umar held.
FG had in the charge with suit No. CCT/ABJ/01/15 alleged that Saraki made false/anticipatory declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau and that he operated foreign accounts while in office as Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.
He was also alleged to have collected governorship salary four years after his tenure had elapsed.