By Adenike Lucas
The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Tuesday dropped 15 out of 18 legal charges against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT alleged that Senator Saraki failed to declare his assets. But, in June, Justice Danladi Umar of the CCT acquitted Nigeria’s number three man of all charges, saying he had no-case to answer.
Subsequently, the Federal Government decided to appeal the decision.
The appellate court, in a unanimous judgment of a three-man panel, led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, dismissed 15 charges against the Senate President today.
Though 15 of the charges have been dropped, charge 4, 5 and 6 in relation to his alleged failure to declare No.17A and B McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos has not been dropped.
Senator Saraki, a former Governor of Kwara has been ordered to return to Court to defend himself atthe CCT over those three charges.
The former Governor, became the target of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC when he refused to confirm a “corrupt” Ibrahim Mustafa Magu as the fourth substantive chairman.
Mr Magu’s failure to get the top position at the EFCC has resulted in him launching vendettas against those he perceives to be enemies, including Dino Melaye and Senator Saraki, who is expected to approach the Supreme Court over today’s ruling.
EFCC staff have longed exposed the atrocities of their boss. Many of their allegation were later confirmed by a report from the state police.
Sources at the EFCC – where the file charges against Senator Saraki was instituted, say that “the star witness, Michael Wetkas gave clumsy evidence.”
An investigator at the anti-graft office put the blame on Mr Magu, explaining that the Borno born officer who was described as a “liability to the corruption fight,” was fond of giving “bad directives” to staff members.
“Mr Magu, has a axe to grind with Senator Saraki,” which his why “he hurried started the case against Senator Saraki only for us to be told at the CCT that we had no case,” the investigator whose identity we have decided not to reveal stated.