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Nigerian government closes case against Saraki at CCT

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The federal government on Thursday closed its case of false assets declaration against the Senate president, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.

Charges were filed against the Senate president in September 2015.

The prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, announced this after an official of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Ilorin branch, Bayo Dauda, testified as the fourth and last prosecution witness.

Consequently, the senate President’s lawyer, Paul Erokoro, 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 Mr Saraki.

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The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, therefore ordered the registry to put the records of proceedings from inception together.

Written address on no-case submission would be filed by the defence within one week, while the prosecution is expected to respond the following week.

The tribunal chairman fixes June 8 for the adoption of the addresses.

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