• CCT trial: Witness denies Saraki earned two salaries

    CCT trial: Witness denies Saraki earned two salaries

    A prosecution witness in the on-going trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday said that he had no knowledge that the defendant was earning double salaries.

    The witness, Michael Wetkast, told the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) at the resumed hearing, in the case false declaration of assets, while being cross-examined by the defence Counsel, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN).

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that part of the 16-count charge before the CCT against Saraki is that he earned […]

  • CCT trial: Saraki purchased disputed properties with loan – witness

    CCT trial: Saraki purchased disputed properties with loan – witness

    The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki on false assets declaration resumed, yesterday, with revelation that the properties in dispute (Plot 17A, and 17B or 17 and 17A, Mac Donald Street, Ikoyi) were purchased with loan and acknowledged as such in his Assets Declaration Form.

    The prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, under cross examination by the defense counsel, Paul Usoro, admitted that in 2007, the Senate President actually noted in his form that he acquired the properties with loan obtained from a […]

  • Saraki’s CCT trial resumes, witness testifies against him

    Saraki’s CCT trial resumes, witness testifies against him

    Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, said Senate President Bukola Saraki borrowed money to buy a piece of property in Lagos, but that he claimed the money was from the sale of rice and sugar.

    Wetkas, while being cross-examined on counts two and three of the 16-count charge of false asset declaration against the senate president at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), said the defendant borrowed the money from Guaranty Trust Bank […]

  • Appeal Court fixes new date to hear Senate President’s appeal over CCT trial

    Appeal Court fixes new date to hear Senate President’s appeal over CCT trial

    The Court of Appeal on Monday in Abuja adjourned until Oct.6 to hear an appeal filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging his criminal trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

    Justice Abdul Aboki leading four other Justices of the Court gave the date at the instance of counsel to the parties. Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) and Mr. Rotimi Jacob (SAN) represented Saraki and the Federal Government respectively.

    At the resume hearing, Agabi had urged the court to adjourn the matter on […]

  • Saraki’s case indefinitely adjourned by Tribunal over CCT trial

    Saraki’s case indefinitely adjourned by Tribunal over CCT trial

    According to reports reaching ADELOVE, the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki which was expected to hold today at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, will no longer hold as the tribunal has adjourned the matter till a yet-to-be disclosed date.

    Disclosing this on Wednesday, the spokesman of the tribunal, Ibrahim Alhassan said the shift to an undisclosed date was at the instance of the prosecution.

    Alhassan added that due to the absence of some key prosecution witnesses involved in the […]

  • CCT Trial: EFCC witness says Abuja property not bearing Saraki’s name

    CCT Trial: EFCC witness says Abuja property not bearing Saraki’s name

    For 11 consecutive days, the cross-examination of Micheal Wetkas, the prosecution witness in the on-going trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, continued yesterday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

    At the resumed hearing, the defence counsel, Paul Usoro (SAN), drew Wetkas’ attention to Exhibit 20 – a letter written by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), demanding information about properties allegedly owned by Saraki.

    The witness told the court that the one-page document […]

  • Why Saraki arrives tribunal with only two Senators over CCT trial again

    Why Saraki arrives tribunal with only two Senators over CCT trial again

    It can be recalled Bukola Saraki, Senate President arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for his ongoing trial in company of two senators.

    Saraki who is currently standing trial on a 13 count charge bordering on false declaration of assets arrived the tribunal in company of two Senator, Ogola Foster of Bayelsa West and Senator, Jubrin Barau from Kano State.

    It can be recalled that the same number of Senators accompanied Saraki to the tribunal in a show of solidarity yesterday […]

  • Arisekola calls for Saraki’s resignation over CCT trial

    Arisekola calls for Saraki’s resignation over CCT trial

    The Chairman, Association of Online Practitioners, Wole Arisekola, has urged the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to resign from office in view of his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

    Making this call on Sunday in Abuja, Arisekola noted that remaining on the seat while standing trial on corruption charges was tantamount to calling the integrity of the Senate to question.

    He added that the fact that the Senate “often winds down its seating whenever the trial comes up at […]

  • Clearing CCT chairman is suspicious – Human Rights Group tells EFCC

    Clearing CCT chairman is suspicious – Human Rights Group tells EFCC

    A pro-Democracy and Pro-transparency Non-governmental organisation – HUMAN RIGHTS WRITERS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HURIWA) – has described as dubious and unprofessional the purported clearance by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Danladi Umar the controversial Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal from alleged N10 million bribery scandal.

    The Rights group has therefore challenged the hierarchy of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC ) to come forward for a public and media covered debate with Nigerian youth in attendance […]

  • Diaspora Nigerians demand Saraki’s resignation over CCT trial

    Diaspora Nigerians demand Saraki’s resignation over CCT trial

    According to reports, the Nigerians in Diaspora Monitoring Group (NDMG) has strongly advised embattled Senator Bukola Saraki, standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged corruption related charges, to resign as the President of the Senate of Federal Republic of Nigeria within the next 10 days, or risk being forced out.

    The demand came as it was revealed that as many as 1000 Nigerians living in London have signed up with NDMG to participate in a walk from No […]

  • Saraki seeks accelerated hearing, withdraws application to stop CCT trial

    Saraki seeks accelerated hearing, withdraws application to stop CCT trial

    Bukola Saraki, The Senate President on Monday withdrew his application seeking to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, from prosecuting him.

    Saraki through his lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, at the Appeal Court withdrew the application and asked the court to grant accelerated hearing on the ongoing trial.

    Agabi said, “When your lordship has read such a voluminous motion, it is unfair to say we are withdrawing. But we have to. We want to withdraw the motion.

    “In the motion, dated April 4, […]