CCT Clears Saraki of 18 Charges Levied Against Him

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Bukola Saraki

The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja Wednesday has dismissed the charges of false asset declaration filed against the Senate President, Dr. Bulola Saraki.

The charges totaling 18 was discredited by the CCT for its failure after cross examination.

The decision was unanimously upheld by two-man panel of the CCT led by Danladi Umar.  Evidence by prosecution was quash after cross examination and considered invalid to form a base for the Conviction of  Saraki.

What you should know about Bukola Saraki

Early life and education

Abubakar Bukola Saraki was born on 19 December 1962 to the family of Olusola Saraki, a senator (1979–1983) and a onetime Senate Leader of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and his mother Florence Morenike Saraki. He attended King’s College, Lagos, from 1973 to 1978, and Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, London from 1979 to 1981 for his High School Certificate. He then studied at the London Hospital Medical College of the University of London from 1982 to 1987, when he obtained his M.B.B.S (London).

Career

He worked as a medical officer at Rush Green Hospital, Essex, from 1988 to 1989. He was a director of Société Générale Bank (Nig) Ltd from 1990 to 2000.

In 2000, President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed Saraki as Special Assistant to the President on Budget. During his tenure, Saraki initiated the Fiscal Responsibility Bill. Saraki also served on the Economic Policy Coordination Committee, where he was responsible for the formulation and implementation of several key economic policies for Nigeria.

Governor of Kwara State

In 2003, he ran for the office of governor of Kwara State on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and won. He was sworn into office in May 2003. He ran again for re-election in 2007 and won his second term. As governor of Kwara, he led reforms in agriculture, health, education, finance and environment policy. One of his major achievements was inviting displaced white farmers from Zimbabwe to Kwara State and offering them an opportunity to farm.