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Supreme Court To Decide Saraki’s Fate On July 6

Supreme Court To Decide Saraki’s Fate On July 6

Eniola Awokoya

The Supreme Court has earmarked July 6, 2018, to rule on the allegation of false assets declaration preferred against Senate President Bukola Saraki, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Musa Mohammed Dattijo, who presided over the matter on Thursday, fixed the date after taking arguments from both Saraki and the Federal Government.

Saraki had approached the Supreme Court, asking it to dismiss the 18-count criminal charges of false assets declaration brought against him by the Federal Government.

He told the apex court that the charges against him were frivolous, and that prima facie case was not established against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), which earlier tried him.

But counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the court to hold that Saraki has a case to answer in the charges.

He submitted that there was no law that an investigation must be conducted before charges can be preferred against any defendant.

Similarly, the Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed April 30, 2018 for ruling on an ex-parte motion filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) seeking forfeiture of property belonging to former First Lady, Mrs. Patience Jonathan.