Supreme Court sets Saraki free on false assets declaration: The Supreme Court has set Saraki free on alleged false assets declaration hanged against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Justice Centus Chima Nweze, in a lead judgment of a five-man panel, upheld Saraki’s appeal, set aside the judgment of the Court of Appeal on the grounds that the prosecution failed to prove its case.
Supreme Court sets Saraki free
The Court of Appeal had, in a December 12, 2017 judgement, held that the prosecution established a prema facie case against Saraki on three out of the 18 counts contained in the charge and ordered him to enter defense in relation to the three counts.
The apex court dismissed the entire charge and held that the prosecution failed to discharge its responsibility of proving its case.
The apex court upheld the June 14, 2017 ruling of the CCT, which freed Saraki. It was of the view that all the evidence presented by the prosecution were hear-say evidence and therefore not admissible.
The Supreme Court noted that the witnesses that were vital to the prosecution’s case, who would have provided direct evidence were not called.
The court, after discharging Saraki, proceeded to also dismiss the cross-appeal filed by the prosecution.
As the Supreme court is the apex court in Nigeria, Saraki has received the breath of freedom against the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as Supreme Court sets Saraki free on false assets declaration.