8 witnesses to testify against Saraki… but El-Rufai’s not included

Eight witnesses have been put forward by the federal government, to testify against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, during his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Supreme Court had on Friday, given the green-light for the commencement of Saraki’s trial at the CCT. The Code of Conduct Bureau had filed 13 counts of false assets declaration against the Senate President.

Saraki is alleged to have made false declaration of his assets between 2003 and 2011 during his two terms as governor.

He was also alleged to have “corruptly acquired many properties while in office as Governor of Kwara State, but failed to declare some of them in the said forms earlier filled and submitted.”

Another allegation against Saraki is that he allegedly made an anticipatory declaration of assets upon his assumption of office as governor, which he later acquired while he is also maintaining a foreign account while serving as governor.

As opposed to what was widely disseminated when the trial initially commenced in 2015, Kaduna state Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, is not part of the proposed prosecution witnesses.

The court document obtained by Punch Newspapers, finally puts to bed the rumours that El-Rufai may be among the eight proposed witnesses.

The eight witnesses listed by the prosecution are: Yahaya Bello, Michael Wetkas, Mustapha Abubakar Musa, Nura Ali Bako, Adamu Garba, Samuel Madojemu, Abdulrahaman Bayo Dauda and Nwachukwu Amazu.

Detectives, who investigated the four forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau by Saraki as a two-term governor, were also included among the witnesses.

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