CCB: FG closes case against Saraki, defence to file no-case submission
The Federal Government on Thursday closed its case of false asset declaration and other related charges against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, after its fourth prosecution witness testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.
The lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), announced this after an official of Guranty Trust Bank Plc, Ilorin branch, Mr. Bayo Dauda, testified as the fourth and last prosecution witness.
In response, Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN), said the defence would file a no-case submission.
By opting to file a no-case submission instead of opening defence, the defence team believes the prosecution with its documentary evidence tendered and testimony of its witnesses, was unable to prove any of the 18 counts preferred against Saraki.
The case, filed in September 2015, has traversed the hierarchy of courts up to the Supreme Court with Saraki losing all applications and appeals filed to terminate the trial.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, gave the the registry to put the records of proceedings from inception together.
The defence will thereafter within one week file its written address on no-case submission. The prosecution will also respond within one week.
The tribunal fixed June 8 for the adoption for the addresses.Punch