Senate President Bukola Saraki has today ended his 14-day long cross-examination of first prosecution witness, Michael Wetkast, which spanned over 5months.
Saraki, a two-term former governor of Kwara State, is facing trial over alleged falsification of assets and anticipatory declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
At the resumed hearing today, Saraki’s counsel, Paul Usoro (SAN) announced that the defense has come to end of the cross-examination of the witness after about 30minutes of further cross examination.
Usoro said the length of the cross-examination was not to buy time or delay proceedings but was dictated by the complexity of the case.
Prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), yesterday complained that the defendant was taking much time for the cross-examination. The cross-examination started June before the judiciary vacation.
Earlier today, the witness, an operative of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was cross-examined on Count 16 of the charge against Saraki which said that the defendant continued to receive salaries from Kwara State Government while being a Senator.
The witness further confirmed that he did not investigate the account of Kwara state government. He also confirmed that he did not speak to the defendant throughout his investigation.
While adjourning the matter, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar said the Tribunal would not be able to continue with the case this year because of its busy schedule.
He adjourned the matter to January 11th, 2017 for possible re-examination of the witness by the prosecution and continuation of trial.
Jacobs, who was not present during the adjournment, was visibly disappointed with the adjournment when he arrived at the end of the proceedings. He said he consider the long adjournment illegal with reference to the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
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