Live updates: Saraki was docked this morning, The Code of Conduct Bureau has filed a thirteen-count charge against Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The charge was filed on September 11, 2015 Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, M.S Hassan.
Saraki on trial — The trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false assets declaration has commenced. Senator Saraki arrived the venue in the company of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and several Distinguished Senators.
Saraki on trial — After initial resistance, @bukolasaraki was docked by the Code of Conduct Tribunal and he is now taking his plea.
Saraki on trial — Bukola Saraki, has arrived the courtroom of the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja to face trial over a 13-count charge of corruption levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau. Mr. Saraki arrived the tribunal premises at 9:32 a.m., accompanied by “about 50 senators and some members of the House of Representatives”
Saraki on trial — Saraki pleads not guilty to all charges
– Saraki: “I’m Nigeria’s Senate President and I’m puzzled why I’m being compelled. I am not guilty”.
Saraki on trial – Jacobs (prosecuting Counsel) tells Judge to order that the supporters and friends of the accused (Saraki) be of good conduct.
Earlier, the trial of Dr. Olubukola Saraki took a dramatic turn when he refused to mount the dock. The trial tribunal, headed by Justice Danladi Umar, called up Saraki’s case at exactly 10:32am.
Where is the prosecution, is the accused person here?”, Justice Umar who was looking directly at Saraki from his vantage post, queried.
“Mr lord I cannot see him. I think the first thing is for him to enter the dock first, then we will announce our appearances. After which the charge will be read to him”, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs submitted.
“With profound respect to the chairman and member of this tribunal, I agree with my learned brother that we should enter appearances first. The order of this tribunal was that the accused should be produced today.
It was not for his to enter his plea. The case was earlier adjourned for mention”, counsel to Saraki, Mr. J.B. Daudu, insisted.
Daudu vehemently opposed the idea of Saraki entering the dock, relying on an Appeal Court decided case law in Igbeke vs FRN, 2015, 3 NWLR.
Eventually, Saraki entered the dock and pleaded not guilty to the 13-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the federal government.
Saraki addresses the court from the dock, said: “I am a firm believer of the rule of law. I have come here to subject myself before this tribunal. I strongly believe that I am here because I am the Senate President. I felt that the CCB should have called me. We have been hearing about new Nigeria but this is the first time this kind of thing is being done without following the due process. Nigerians are watching and the world is also watching. I will confirm myself to the due process. So as i stated, I want to say that I am not guilty”, Saraki stated.
Saraki on trial – The Tribunal adjourned sitting to October 21, 2015.
Saraki on trial – Sitting in Abuja, has been adjouned to October 21. Senate president leaves venue.
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