The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the appeal of Senate President Bukola Saraki and ruled that he has no case to answer in trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
After the Danladi Umar-led CCT terminated the trial upon an application by Saraki, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ruling on December 12, 2017, restored three out of the dismissed 18 counts and ordered Saraki to return to the CCT to defend the three charges.
But In a lead judgment delivered by Justice Centus Nweze, the apex court discharged the senate president of the remaining three counts against him in the case of false declaration of assets.
Justice Nweze agreed with the CCT that the evidence led by the prosecution at the tribunal was entirely hearsay.
He held that the Court of Appeal was wrong to have restored three out the 18 counts earlier dismissed by the CCT when it agreed that the evidence led by the prosecution was hearsay but went ahead to isolate three of the counts as having been proved.
Justice Nweze quoted a part of the Court of Appeal’s judgment where it held that “the prosecution failed to call those who have direct knowledge of the facts sought to be proved, to testify”.
He faulted the Court of Appeal’s decision to restore three of the counts based on the evidence it had declared as hearsay, saying it was the “judicial equivalent of a forensic somersault”