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Succor drove through the way of senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki,
yesterday as code of conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja, quash the entire
18-count criminal charge the federal government preferred against him. In a
lead decision, the two-man panel tribunal headed by justice Danladi umar, held
that federal Government failed to prove essential elements of all the
allegations it brought against saraki.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, The tribunal held that oral and
documentary evidence that the Federal Government adduced before it, were “so
much discredited during cross-examination,” saying the proof of evidence was so
”manifestly unreliable that no reasonable court or tribunal can rely on it to
make any conviction.
” The panel maintained that all the evidence the Federal Government
tendered against the defendant lacked probative value. It noted that four
witnesses the Federal Government brought to testify against the defendant gave
contradictory evidence. Witnesses give contradictory evidence —Judge
Specifically, the tribunal Chairman, Justice Umar, who gave the lead ruling,
stressed that whereas the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, is the institution constitutionally
empowered to prosecute allegations against Saraki, he observed that the Federal
Government placed much reliance on a report from the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, EFCC, which he said was more of intelligence gathering than
proper investigation. Justice Umar said the evidence of third witness, PW-2,
Mr. Samuel Madujemu, who is the Head of Investigation and Intelligence
Department at the CCB, did not help the case of the prosecution.
 He noted that Madujemu admitted
that contrary to provisions of the law, Saraki was not at any time invited by
the CCB to make clarifications on discrepancies allegedly found in his
assets declaration forms. Justice Umar said Madujemu had in his testimony, also
admitted that averments he made in an affidavit he deposed in support of the
charge against Saraki were based on information supplied to him by his
undisclosed team of investigators. Justice Umar held:
 “From the simple analysis of
the evidence of the prosecution, we find it difficult to accept the seriousness
of the witnesses. All the evidences were so discredited, unreliable that no
reasonable court will attach probate value to them. “In the light of the
foregoing, and since essential ingredients of all the charges were not proved
as required by law, this tribunal has no other option than to discharge the
defendant. “The Honourable tribunal upholds the no-case submission and the
defendant is accordingly discharged and acquitted.

” While concurring with the lead ruling, the second
member of the panel, Mr. Williams Atedze Agwadza, held that the Federal
Government failed to establish a prima-facie case capable of warranting the
tribunal to compel Saraki to enter his defence to the charge against him. He
maintained that the witnesses, especially the CCB official, Madujemu, gave
heresay evidence.

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