Appeal court returns Saraki to CCT to face trial on 3 charges

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A court of appeal sitting in Abuja has ordered Senate President Bukola Saraki to face three charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The court went further to hold that on counts four to six, which border on purchase of house 17 a and b at mac' Donald street in Lagos by Saraki, the prosecution was able to establish a prima facie case against Saraki the court concluded that credible evidence was led by the prosecution to warrant Saraki to defend himself.

This followed a ruling on Monday where the Court of Appeal faulted the grounds on which the CCT dismissed the charges against Saraki.

In a statement released on his Facebook page, signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Saraki described the Federal Government's claims against him as preposterous, and that it has "fallen like a pack of cards and lack any basis".

It added: "We welcome that judgement of the Appeal Court which dismissed 15 out of the 18 counts of false assets declaration instituted against the Senate President".

The party said the Senate President will be vindicated at the end of the legal journey.

"Though, we do not agree with the section of the judgement which ordered the retrial of the Senate President on three of the counts at the Code of Conduct Tribunal".

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The prosecution also alleged that while being a public officer, the ex-governor operated bank accounts outside Nigeria and failed to declare the foreign accounts to the CCB while being governor and a senator during the period.

"In conclusion, we find no merit in 15 out of 18 count charges brought against the defendant by the complainant and we hereby uphold the decision of the tribunal delivered in June this year on the finding", she said.

Saraki ran unopposed for the post of Senate president, mainly with the backing of the opposition.

"As soon as it makes the details of the judgment available, our lawyers will review the grounds of the decision and take appropriate action".

The Senate president has been dogged by legal cases since taking office.

According to Court of Appeal, the prosecution established that there were discrepancies in the claims on the asset declaration forms as to how the two houses in Ikoyi were acquired.

"The confidence and faith of Dr. Saraki in the nation's judiciary and its ability to dispense justice to all manners of people remains unshaken".

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