The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has compelled the Senate President, Dr. Olubukola Saraki, to mount the dock to answer to corruption charges preferred against him by the federal government. Saraki who initially refused to enter inside the accused box to enter his plea to the 13-count criminal charge against him, subsequently succumbed to the powers of the tribunal at exactly 11:24am. In a ruling, the Justice Danladi Umar-led panel maintained that the accused must enter the dock. Saraki has already pleaded not guilty to count-10 of the charge, even though he took time to lecture the tribunal on the appropriate course of action it ought to have taken before docking him over alleged false declaration of assets. He complained that he was never afforded the opportunity by the CCB to clarify whatever disparity it observed in the assets he declared while in office as the governor of Kwara State.
Saraki who addressed the court from the dock, said: “I am a firm believer of the rule of law. I have come here to subject myself before this tribunal. I strongly believe that I am here because I am the Senate President I felt that the CCB should have called me. We have been hearing about new Nigeria but this is the first time this kind of thing is being done without following the due process. Nigerians are watching and the world is also watching. I will confirm myself to the due process. So as i stated, I want to say that I am not guilty”, Saraki stated.
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