Burnt Evidence, Unavailable Witnesses: 9 Reasons Saraki Defeated FG at CCT

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These are summarized details of how Senate President Bukola Saraki defeated the Federal Government at the CCT in a case of false declaration of assets.

Senate President Bukola Saraki

On Wednesday, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) discharged and acquitted Bukola Saraki, President of the Senate, of an 18-count charge of false assets declaration.

Saraki’s acquittal has been largely received with shock from the public, but here are eight reasons why the case was never destined for a different outcome.

ALLEGATIONS WITHOUT DILIGENT WORK

Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), often made grave allegations against Saraki but fumbled for words when cross-examined by the defence counsel. In November 2016, he said Saraki borrowed money from GTB to buy a piece of property in Lagos only to claim that the money was from the sale of rice and sugar.

It was an allegation that appeared to suggest that it was the Kwara State government, not Saraki, that footed the repayment of the loan. However, when the defence asked him if he at any time saw the account of the Kwara state government, Wetkas said: “I was not the one investigating Kwara state government.”

Asked if he had any evidence that the state government refunded the loan, he answered: “I can’t give a direct answer to this.”

He who alleges must prove, don’t they say?

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