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Federal Government to appeal Saraki’s acquittal



Special Assistant to the President on Prosecutions, Mr. Okoi Obono-Obla, said on Saturday that the Federal Government had finalised its decision to appeal last Wednesday’s ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal discharging and acquitting the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, of charges of false asset declaration.

Obono-Obla, who vowed that no one would be allowed to get away with any act of corruption, said in a telephone interview with Punch correspondent that the government would file a notice of appeal against Saraki’s acquittal by Wednesday .

The presidential aide, who works in the office of the Attorney- General of the Federation, argued that the two – man panel of the CCT led by Danladi Umar, misapplied the law by adopting the wrong standard of proof in exonerating Saraki.

He said, “Definitely we are going to appeal against the ruling in Saraki ’s case . One of our grounds of appeal is that the tribunal misapplied the law. For instance, the standard of proof that the tribunal used is not applicable to charges of false declaration of asset.

“It (charge of false asset declaration ) is a strict liability offence, so you cannot apply the standard of proof that is applied in the regular criminal proceedings .
“Surely , we will file the appeal next ( this) week Wednesday.”

Punch, June 18, 2017



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    June 18, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    Beautiful, saraki mustn’t go unpunished. He must forfeit all those properties as well as face the wrath of the law.

    • Anita Kingsley

      June 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      On this case, nobody can purnish Saraki because he’s not guilty of anything. All of you wanting saraki’a downfall will go down before him

      • yanju omotodun

        June 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm

        As your family members will go down first. Useless girl. Seem saraki is your sugar daddy, onyiara, mumu, oloshi, Saraki won’t escape the charges levelled against him

        • seyi jelili

          June 19, 2017 at 4:01 am

          Hahaha, you need not insult her to this extent. She only aired her view

  2. Abeni Adebisi

    June 18, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    We are not fools, this is coming after Nigerians have complained bitterly, they think they can calm the atmosphere by say the FG will appeal. Appeal kor apple ni!

    • Animashaun Ayodeji

      June 18, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      It’s like you know Nigerian government more than itself already. Note; this government will never allow any corrupt individual go without punishing the person. No mater how far Saraki runs, FG will still catch up with him for justice.

  3. seyi jelili

    June 19, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Waiting for than 2 years before saraki was vindicated, by the time they appeal again, they will drag the case for another two years and by then, elections will be in the focus as everyone will be strategising on how to retain power and thereby the case will die a natural death. We are not numskulls or nincompoop again in Nigeria. Forget it.

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