The special assistant to the president on prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla has said Bukola Saraki’s victory at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), is a mockery in the war against corruption.
The CCT cleared Senate President Bukola Saraki of the 18 charges of false declaration of assets, filed against him on the grounds that the prosecution could not pin the evidence against him.
Obono-Obla has however said there was overwhelming evidence against Saraki that could not be dismissed on a no-case submission.
He also described as “hogwash” that the CCT’s ruling was an outcome of a political settlement reached between Saraki and the Buhari administration, The Cable reports.
“It is a travesty of justice. It is pedestrian and it is outrageous. It is against the weight,” Obla said.
“There was overwhelming evidence, cogent evidence, incontrovertible evidence, which cannot be dismissed by a no-case submission. The trial judge ought to have called on the defendant to enter his defence against the evidence adduced by the prosecution.
“The prosecutor, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), is one the best in the country and he conducted that case professionally, conscientiously and diligently. So we are amazed, we are surprised.
“We know that President Muhammadu Buhari is a paragon of integrity. The Attorney General of the Federation is also a paragon of integrity that will never compromise cases.
“And we will go on with this fight against corruption despite the frustration, despite the setback. We will go back to the drawing board, re-strategise because Nigeria must be saved. Our head is bruised but it is unbowed.”