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CCT: Supreme Court Clears Saraki

The Supreme Court hss today cleared the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, saying he has no case to answer before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the apex court in Abuja upheld Saraki’s appeal and discharged him of the remaining three charges against him in the case of false declaration of assets.
Saraki had filed an appeal and the Federal Government filed a cross-appeal following the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

The CCT, headed by Danladi Umar, had in a ruling in June, last year, upheld Saraki’s no-case submission and dismissed the 18-count charge on which he was being tried.
The prosecution, led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), challenged the decision at the Court of Appeal, Abuja, which partially upheld the appeal in the December 12, 2017 judgment.

The Court of Appeal restored three counts out of the 18 contained in the charge and ordered Saraki to enter a defence, in respect of the three counts, before the CCT.

Saraki appealed the decision to the Supreme Court and prayed the apex court to among others, restore the decision of the CCT and dismiss the charge in its entirety.

In the cross-appeal, the prosecution asked the Supreme Court to restore the entire 18 counts and order Saraki to enter defence in respect of all the counts.

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