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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has dismissed 18-count charges of false asset declaration against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, while delivering his verdict on Wednesday, held that the prosecution did not prove its case against the accused person. He said the testimonies of four witnesses presented by the prosecution were discredited, and as a result were unreliable.

He, therefore, dismissed the case, discharging the senate president of the charges.

On May 4, the senate president told the tribunal that he would file a no-case submission, which implies that he is not opening a defense but asking the tribunal to discharge him of the charges because there is no case against him.

This was after the prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs called its final witness and closed it case.

The federal government had brought multiple counts of false asset declaration against Saraki. But the witnesses it brought to his trial gave contradictory testimonies. A witness from the Code of Conduct of Bureau (CCB), which filed the charges on behalf of the government explained that the agency did not even conduct an independent investigation before filing them.

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