Saraki closes defence on 3-count charge

Meanwhile, Senate President Saraki, yesterday opened and closed his defence on a three- count charge instituted against him by the federal government.

The trial resumed following the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, which restored three out of the entire 18 counts earlier dismissed by the CCT.

After about five-hour proceedings, the CCT Chair, Mr.  Umar, adjourned the trial till 27th, February, 2018.

Saraki’s defence team announced that they were closing their case after calling their only witness, Dr Ademola Adebo, a former staff member of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

Shortly after the prosecution team led by Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), cross-examined Adebo, Saraki’s lawyers, led by a former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, SAN, announced that they were closing their case.

A member of the defence team, Mr. Paul Usoro (SAN), who led Adebo in evidence, had announced at the beginning of yesterday’s proceedings, that they had proposed four defence witnesses.

After the cross-examination of the witness by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), Usoro attempted to ask two re-examination questions, to which Jacobs objected.


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