Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Live Updates From Saraki’s Trial At Code Of Conduct Tribunal

Today, we are bringing you live updates as hearing resumes in the landmark case of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal headquarters in Abuja.
Today’s proceeding was expected to commence at 10:00 a.m., but the tribunal chairman has not arrived.

Mr. Saraki arrived at exactly 10:00 a.m with his aides and supporters, who include his colleagues from the National Assembly. .The courtroom is already filled with mostly lawyers for both prosecution and defence teams, as well as reporters.
What you need to know:
The Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) is a pioneer anti-corruption agency set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It has the primary responsibility of checking corrupt practices in the Nigerian Public service. (Source: ccb.gov.ng)
The CCB was established in order to check fraud in public offices. Some individuals go into public office with intention to steal. They falsely declare assets or declare some assets in anticipation of their loot. The fact that declaration of assets is a process that is shrouded in secrecy makes it easy for politicians and civil servants to falsely declare their possessions.
The tribunal is the judicial panel of CCB that prosecutes cases of false and anticipatory assets declaration.
On Friday, September 11, 2015, the tribunal slammed a 13-count charge of alleged false and anticipatory assets declaration on Mr. Saraki. He initially ignored the charges. He argued that the charges were politically-motivated and the process by which they were filed were also flawed.
Stay tuned!!!