Friday, 29 April 2016

Saraki Trial: ACF decries "tele- guided judgement" (video)

Saraki Trial: ACF decries "tele-
guided judgement" (video)


– Saraki has been undergoing trial since
September 22, 2015
– He has been charged with 16 counts of
corruption
– Senator Joseph Waku has decried the way
the case is being handled at the CCT
Senator Joseph Waku
Senator Joseph Waku, a representative of
the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) who
represented Benue north senatorial district
from 1999 to 2003, on Thursday, April
28, decried the way and manner that the
Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) case
against the Senate President Bukola Saraki,
has been handled.
Speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of
the CCT, Waku said that he was mandated
by the Arewa Consultative Forum to observe
the proceedings, and report back to the
forum.
He said in as much as we are against
corruption, let the legal process take its due
cognisance.




“I have been watching you guys in the
television and reading you in the newspapers,
and I was mandated by the Arewa Consultative
Forum to come here as an observer and watch
the procedures and go back to report what I
have found.
“My observations are that there is a
premeditated something that is going on in
this country. The judiciary is on trial, the
country is on trial, the Justices are on trial and
we are watching to see, because similar cases
have gone on before and we know how they
ended.
“So, my observations here today are those
things that I have witnessed and I have to go
back to the mother organizations to report my
findings, my witnesses, what I have seen and
the way I have looked at it.
“I think that Nigeria is again moving through a
trying period of Judicial process and I make
bold to advise that the prosecution witness do
not have prerogative of knowledge but from
the look of things, there is already tele-guided
judgement that one expects to see in future
and that may not be good for this country.
“It will not be good for Judicial process, it is
not going to be good for democracy and it will
not be in the best interest of the ‘Change’ that
we are looking for,” he said.


There has been a lot of drama in the trial of
Bukola Saraki, the Senate President. On
September 22, 2015, Saraki was charged to
court for over 13 counts of corruption on
charges bordering on falsification of assets
while he was the governor of Kwara state.
Following his inauguration on May 29,
President Muhammadu Buhari directed that
all political office holders to declare their
assets on assumption of office.
This directive led to an investigation by the
Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) which boiled
down to the collection of assets declaration
form from the CCT by Saraki, because
according to the tribunal his assets
declaration turned out to be false.