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False Assets Declaration: Saraki Defence Closes Cross Examination With First Witness

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Senate President Bukola Saraki’s Counsel in the false assets declaration suit, has rounded off cross examination of the first prosecution witness, Mr. Michael Wetkas
Saraki’s defence team which was led by Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN) cross examined Mr. Wetkas on count 16, which alleged that the Senate President, received salaries and emoluments from the Kwara State Government between June 2011 and October 2013, and at the same from the Federal Government as a Senator. This, the prosecutor contends runs contrary to Section 6 (a) of Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (CCT/CCB).

Upon asking repeatedly, by the accused Counsel, Wetkas replied he did not investigate the account of the Kwara State Government, as well as find out from Senator Saraki or officials of the state government with respect to the alleged charge.

Mr. Usoro after, announced to the court, the close of cross examination of the first witness. He noted that the cross-examination which was considered by many was not intended to delay the trial but, was due to the complex nature of the charges preferred against the accused.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) was absent in the court Tuesday. CCT Chairman Justice Danladi Umaru adjourned hearing till January 11, 2017.

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