CCT trial: Read what EFCC witness said Saraki did

EFCC Saraki declared property that didn’t exist

CCT trial: Read what EFCC witness said Saraki did

"While the property at 15A is a big one, painted and fenced, the other one at 15 is unpainted and lacks character, although it is also fenced".

However, a heated exchange ensued over ownership of the property.

The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki for false asset declaration continued Wednesday with the prosecution witness insisting that the defendant lied in the asset declaration form he submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in 2003.

Wetkas, who is a detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, was the leader of a three-man team that investigated six separate petitions lodged against Saraki in 2014.

In his short ruling, Umar said the defence team has the discretion to conduct the defence in a way it deems fit. "But we'll still have more on that particular point by the time we return from break".

"You can have several lawyers, but only one of them will address the court".

"I know that the original of exhibit-1, which is the assets declaration form the defendant filled, should be with the CCB".

The prosecution counsel who had earlier expressed the hope that the defence will end the cross examination of the witness which has been on for about four days argued that though the defendant may have many lawyers, only one counsel is entitled to speak for his at a time. "I have never seen the original, we only worked with the copy given to us by the bureau".

Saraki is still undergoing trial at the CCT and has been since September 22.

This is because his arsenal of 90 lawyers, including four senior advocates, appeared to have devised a means to slowdown the trial: the senior lawyers taking turns to cross examine state witnesses.

Responding to Erokoro, Wetkas said, "Sometimes when we write to these committees or government agencies, their reply sometimes is compiled, the committee did reply in another letter not here".

Usoro contended that there were three pieces of property located at McDonald road, Ikoyi (15, block A and B, and 15b), and that the property in contention might not be that of his client.

"We relied on the document from the Presidential Implementation Committee which said they only had 15, Mcdonald Road and Block 15, Flat 1 to 4, Mcdonald Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, which was occupied by another lessee".

He claimed the property was bought in the name of Tiny Tee Limited from a Presidential Implementation Committee on landed property between 2006 and 2007.

He said there was no way Saraki would have in 2003, made anticipatory declaration of an asset that was put up for sale by the Federal Government in 2006, which the defendant subsequently acquired in 2008.

But to prove that the said property actually existed, the defence counsel extracted facts from the evidence tendered by the prosecution through the witness.

He further told the Mr. Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Tribunal that he should not give opportunity for the defendant to uses many "voices" in the cross examination.

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