Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 18 April 2016 | 2,741 times
More revelations were today made in the case of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, as his trial resumed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja.
Prosecution Counsel 1, Michael Wetkas, told the court that the Senate President bought more than one property from the Presidential Implementation Committee on Landed Property, as against the rule of law.
Wetkas claimed that Saraki did not declare to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), a property he bought at 17 McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, for N522m, which he allegedly paid for in seven tranches.
Wetkas, counsel to the Federal Government, explained that while it is illegal for one person to acquire more than a property from the scheme, Saraki bought three using company and personal details.
He further revealed that “N375,000,000 loan by Saraki collected for purchase of property was not declared in his 2011 assets declaration forms,” adding that “details of landed property in Nigeria, plots 2481 and 2482, Cadastral Zone, Abuja, were not in the asset declaration form.”
Lawyer of the Senate President, Kanu Agabi, while examining the claims of the Prosecution Counsel, asked if Wetkas was a forensic investigator, further requesting to know why Wetkas tendered documents on Kwara Freedom Network petition, which Wetkas admitted that he did not investigate.
Saraki’s legal team however pleaded with the CCT and requested for more days ahead to investigate the documents tendered by the prosecution.
The CCT Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, admitted 43 documents as exhibits, ranging from account statements to cheques, letters and CCB forms.
He promised to do justice to the case, urging the accused and accusers to trust the court till the end of the trial.
•Photo shows Saraki.
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