False Assets Declaration: As Trial Resumes, Saraki Arrives CCT

THE trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over false declaration of assets has resumed.

The resumption of trial followed the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which restored three out of the entire 18 counts earlier dismissed by the CCT led by Danladi Umar.

After the ruling by the Appellate court, the CCT issued a hearing notice inviting parties to the case to resume trial on the three charges today.

Saraki who arrived for the resumption of his trial was companied by some senators.

His lawyers and a retinue of his supporters were already seated when he came into the courtroom.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had on Friday charged the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Umar, with demanding and receiving favour from a defendant standing trial before the CCT in 2012, reports Punch Newspaper.

The EFCC, through a private lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, filed the charges against Umar before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday.

The prosecution in the case marked, CR/109/18, accused Umar that he demanded N10m as favour from a defendant standing trial before the CCT, Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, in 2012.

The anti-corruption agency also accused Umar of receiving, through his personal assistant, Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi, the sum of N1.8m from Taiwo in the same year.

The offences were said to be contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.