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I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by kahal29: 5:55am On Mar 12, 2016
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, says he has lost count of the records of charges of false asset declaration instituted against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He also said facts about the charges were no longer fresh in his memory because they bordered on offences which he was accused of committing between five to 14 years ago.

Saraki stated this in an affidavit, which he personally deposed to in support of his fresh application seeking the quashing of the charges against him at the CCT and discharging him of the alleged offences.

“The facts relating to these matters are no longer fresh in my memory quite apart from the fact that I have lost many of my records pertaining to them,” he stated in the affidavit.

Saraki’s fresh application, which was dated and filed on March 4, 2016, seeks to halt his trial that had been validated by the Supreme Court through its judgement delivered on February 5, 2016.

He was arraigned on 13 counts of false asset declaration before the CCT on September 22, 2015.

A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, had in its judgement, dismissed Saraki’s objection to his trial.

The apex court, in the said judgement, affirmed the competence of the 13 counts filed against him and the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the case.

In the charges instituted by the Federal Government, Saraki was accused of making false asset declaration in his forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau on assuming office and leaving during his two terms as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

The Senate President, who was said to have submitted four asset declaration forms, allegedly “corruptly acquired many properties while in office as Governor of Kwara State, but failed to declare some of them in the said forms earlier filled and submitted.”

He also allegedly made an anticipatory declaration of assets upon his assumption of office as governor, which he later acquired.

Saraki was also accused of sending money abroad for the purchase of property in London and maintaining an account outside Nigeria while serving as governor.

But in his fresh application, Saraki said the charges were not in the interest of justice, but politically motivated and filed in violation of due process as well as his right to fair hearing.

He also stated that the charges could not be valid since they were filed in the name of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

He said he was denied fair hearing as neither the CCB nor the Attorney-General of the Federation confronted him with any infraction in the four assets declaration forms.

He said he declared his assets first on assuming office as Governor of Kwara State in 2003 and on completing his term in 2011.

He said he subsequently made another asset declaration and submitted the form to the CCB upon his reelection in 2007 and on ending his second term in 2011.

He said had he been informed of any inconsistencies in his asset declaration forms, he would have corrected them.

He said, “I am not aware of any petitions challenging my declarations, and the bureau (CCB) has never drawn my attention to any. I would promptly have corrected or explained (the reason for) any alleged discrepancies or inconsistencies in my asset declaration had my attention been drawn to them.”

His prayers in the application include, “An order quashing and/or striking out the charges contained in Charge No: CCT/ABJ/01/2015 by the complainant/respondent against the applicant.

“An order pursuant to Paragraph 1 above, discharging the defendant/applicant herein.”

Saraki’s new lead counsel, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), who led five other Senior Advocates of Nigeria and about 60 other lawyers in the Senate President’s legal team on Friday, is also challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the case against his client.

Saraki’s trial, scheduled to commence on Thursday, following the judgement of the Supreme Court validating it, was stalled on Friday.

The trial was stalled after Agabi introduced his client’s fresh application and insisted that it must be heard before the matter could continue.

But the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), described the motion as “a deliberate attempt to stop the trial from going on.”

“The defendant keeps saying that there is no case against him and that he is being persecuted; why doesn’t he let the trial start so that the whole world can see the persecution?” Jacobs asked.

The prosecutor, who said he had not been served with the motion, insisted that by virtue of the judgement of the Supreme Court delivered on February 5, which validated the trial, the day’s business was for the prosecution to open its case.

http://www.punchng.com/ive-lost-memory-records-about-charges-against-me-saraki/

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by phrancys001(m): 5:59am On Mar 12, 2016
And the fool still thinks he's competent for the Senate president post?

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by ramdris(m): 5:59am On Mar 12, 2016
Which goes to show that u r never far away from criminal activities and that ain't too OK for a SP of a nation. CHANGE! Ur ways

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by kokoA(m): 6:06am On Mar 12, 2016
He sacked the master "defender of the looters" Joseph Daudu and hired 60 SANs to replace him kwo.. issorite. undecided

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by thunderrider: 6:08am On Mar 12, 2016
Interesting KWANU

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by Sunky200(m): 6:18am On Mar 12, 2016
why won't he lost count.

if revelations of the attrocities of our politicians were to be made, most of them definitely must have lost count.

crook in leadership

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by SolexxBarry(m): 6:22am On Mar 12, 2016
Noted

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by tit(f): 6:24am On Mar 12, 2016
1-1 goalless draw1

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by san316(m): 6:31am On Mar 12, 2016
It's quite unfortunate. This case will drag for soooo long.

Nobody is saying Saraki is guilty. All we are saying is that he should defend himself.

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by IamPatriotic(m): 6:34am On Mar 12, 2016
He shouldn't bother himself trying to recollect all the charges, the prosecuting lawyers will remind him all without missing any.

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by PRYCE(m): 6:36am On Mar 12, 2016
Amnesia ko? Issorite!

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by akinladejo: 6:44am On Mar 12, 2016
IamPatriotic:
He shouldn't bother himself trying to recollect all the charges, the prosecuting lawyers will remind him all without missing any.

you are just too intelligent. pls tell the robber not to bother his brain. somebody else will do the thinking for him when the time come.

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by Akkord4gov: 6:53am On Mar 12, 2016
IamPatriotic:
He shouldn't bother himself trying to recollect all the charges, the prosecuting lawyers will remind him all without missing any.

...and the judge will be ready to throw him to Kuje where he will remember everything even the day he was born grin

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by DaBullIT(m): 6:58am On Mar 12, 2016
419

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by omowolewa: 7:00am On Mar 12, 2016
Heay Yeah, why do you now appear in court. What if dem con add join am by mistake?

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by utytill(m): 7:18am On Mar 12, 2016
Some of those assets may have be given out,sold or transferred.
Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by babdap: 7:19am On Mar 12, 2016
What a pathetic liar, u hired 66 SANs n u appear at the tribunal n you don't know why you are there. Who is more fit to be a senate president or minister of information.

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by olasmith10(m): 7:21am On Mar 12, 2016
Can u just imagine d nonsense coming out of saraki!!!
Well, if he wants to hide under d Premise of forgetfulness and affirm dat its not a crime not to remember, but it is also d duty of the persecuting counsel to remind him as soon as d trial begins.
As far as am concerned, saying he can't remember, is a slap on d national judiciary...

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by Bawsse(m): 7:22am On Mar 12, 2016
Y u no go loose count, when u live d life of a political criminal

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by wiloy2k8(m): 7:36am On Mar 12, 2016
E Don start ...
Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by Nobody: 7:37am On Mar 12, 2016
No matter how Bukola tries to pretend to do, he is a thief. He will cease to be a thief the day he returns all the money he shared out of Kwara state government allocation. don't know why some people are so heartless


I just hope that justice gets served so that this guy can go to prison once and for all


-baebae

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by ndaman25: 7:37am On Mar 12, 2016
dis guy

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by sayyid(m): 7:38am On Mar 12, 2016
politicians sha they can twist things hen. just using style to delay the judgment so that we the masses can forget.
who knows the kind lie they will cook up next week again because they might postpone the case again
Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by princemillla(m): 7:38am On Mar 12, 2016
This man ought to be slapped for this comment

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by rundownsteve: 7:39am On Mar 12, 2016
Ogaaaa,,, just now ?

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by brainpulse: 7:39am On Mar 12, 2016
We can now see the original face of corruption. And the same man is a law maker.

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by oluwaseyi000(m): 7:39am On Mar 12, 2016
this people just like fooling nigerian and diverting attention, they divert nigerian attention from subsidy scam (trillion of naira) to mere bribing drama, now diverting attention from whatever Saraki stole to mere he did not declare it. they control our mind and make us think what they want us to think. if the problem is saraki did not declare some of his rightful.assests tell him to do that now better late than never else WHAT WE ARE INTRESTED IN IS HOW MUCH AND WHAT HE STOLE

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by amoduganja: 7:40am On Mar 12, 2016
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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by thefakestan: 7:40am On Mar 12, 2016
So what do we do now!

I guess we have to remind you



ThefakeStan
Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by bettercreature(m): 7:41am On Mar 12, 2016
grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by yomalex(m): 7:41am On Mar 12, 2016
So?
Re: I’ve Lost Memory, Records About Charges Against Me –saraki by powerfulsettingz: 7:41am On Mar 12, 2016
You see am? this are the people that would made criticize APc to the core..... Just imagine someone who can't recall his crime of five years ago shouldn't be a Senate president of a giant nation like Nigeria not even in Lome

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