- Saraki said the proceedings of today has given him confidence that if the trial is conducted fairly he would be vindicated
- Saraki is facing corruption charges at the CCT for alleged false declaration of his assets while he was governor of Kwara state
Embattled Nigeria’s senate president, Bukola Saraki whose trial at the code of conduct tribunal finally kicked off today said he is glad about the development.
The CCT had on March 24, ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the case against the Senate president on alleged false declaration of his assets while he was Governor of Kwara state.
Saraki is facing trial for not declaring his asserts fully at the code of conduct bureau. His wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki is also facing corruption allegations from anti-graft agency, EFCC.
Also, Mr and Mrs Saraki were both named in the Panama-based offshore provider, Mossack Fonseca and shared by the International Consortium of Investigation Journalists (ICIJ) that he failed to declare assets belonging to his wife, Mrs Toyin Saraki, in secret offshore territories, Saraki said he has in his different asset declarations included properties owned individually by himself and his wife.
Commenting on the trial, Saraki said the proceedings of today has given him confidence that if the trial is conducted fairly he would be vindicated.
The Senate President noted that even though the prosecution tried to bring in some dramatic narratives, it was clear that they were merely thrashing around and hoping to titillate the public with salacious tales. He added that he was hopeful however that when the time comes, his lawyers will have the opportunity to present his case.
The Senate president in his form declared that his total wealth which includes N2.5 million cash at hand and a total of N51 million in various Nigerian banks at the time he filed the document coupled with some money lodged in some foreign banks at the time and companies amongst others.
According to an affidavit and asset declaration form presented by Saraki before an Florin High Court, he was said to have been worth N10 billion naira at the time he was the governor of Kwara state in 2003.
Out of the the N10 billion, the Senate president was said to be worth N8billion while his wife and four children was worth N1.8 billion and N202 million each respectively.