By Dipo Awojobi – The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday, April 18 admitted that 43 documents have been presented as evidence against the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.
Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), however claimed that Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, did not declare some of his assets at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
He added that Saraki acquired more than one property from a Presidential Implementation Committee on landed property, which he said was against the rule.
“The policy is that one person is not allowed to get more than a property. From the findings in this case, the defendant has three property acquired from the scheme using company and personal details,” he said.
In exhibit one; details of landed property in Nigeria, plots 2481 and 2482, cadastral zone, Abuja, were not in the asset declaration form.
“In exhibit three, 2007, he declared the property at No 1, Targus street Maitama, Abuja. In exhibit five, 2011, No 1 Targus, Musa Yar’ Adua street was also declared.
“The witness was being led in evidence by Rotimi Jacobs, counsel to the federal government.
Meanwhile, Danladi Umar, the judge presiding over the trial of Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Monday, April 18 said that justice will be served.
Kanu Agabi, a counsel to Saraki, requested that a daily recording of the proceedings should be provided for the lawyers.
While talking to Paul Usoro, one of the counsels of Saraki, the judge rejected the request that the proceedings of the trial be made available daily.”We are not going to oblige you with the details of the proceedings daily.
He told Kanu Agabi that they are not bound by law to give the records of proceedings. He said that they can apply and get it within one or two weeks.
Danladi Umar even went ahead to give an illustration of God to defend himself which made Agabi rest his case.
He said that they can apply and get it within one or two weeks.On the other hand, Paul Usoro, one of the counsels to the Senate president also requested the same issue as Agabi did.
“We request for that justice and they are not granting them daily records of the proceedings. Paul argued that there are documents which they are seeing for the first time which will require them to look at records.
Rotimi Jacobs however, complained that it’s not fair that the proceedings be recorded daily because it will overburden the civil servants who are to work on that.
Kanu Agabi, a counsel to Saraki however argued that every time he raises his hands, he is not granted opportunity to speak.However, ten lawmakers came to pledge in solidarity with the Senate president.
Some of the lawmakers in attendance are Sam Anyawu representing Imo East Senatorial District, Stella Oduah representing Anambra north senatorial district and Gershom Bassey representing Cross river south senatorial district.
Saraki has been charged to court with 13 counts of false declarations when he was the governor of Kwara State.