- Following Saraki’s acquittal at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the federal government has appealed the judgment
- Attorney General of Federation said federal government appealed Saraki's CCT judgement because it is set to eradicate corruption at any cost
- Saraki's judgment by the Code of Conduct Tribunal was appeal on June 20
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on Wednesday, June 21, revealed why the federal government appealed Bukola Saraki's Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) judgement.
Malami said his commitment to the ongoing anti-corruption fight was responsible for his decision to authorize the appeal against the judgment.
Recall that NAIJ.com reported that the CCT acquitted the Senate president Bukola Saraki of all charges bordering on false assets declaration.
Following Saraki’s acquittal at the tribunal, Malami, through a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, had yesterday filed an appeal against the judgment which he described as unreasonable.
In a statement signed by his special adviser on media and publicity, Salihu Isah, and the special assistant to the president on prosecution, AGF Office, Okoi Obono-Obla, Malami said: “The Honourable Attorney of the Federation wishes to assure Nigerians that despite some recent setbacks recorded in some of the cases involving politically exposed people; that the war against corruption is fully on course.
“It shall be fought resolutely, painstakingly, doggedly, purposefully and determinedly with all the constitutional and legal arsenals at the disposal of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The Federal Government is more than ever before committed towards the complete eradication of the scourge of corruption and graft in the country.
“In this regard, the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation has directed that a Notice of Appeal be lodged against the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal acquitting and discharging false assets declaration case preferred against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.
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"Those in a hurry to condemn due to the temporary setbacks recorded lately” that “they should tarry awhile because a legal process is deemed not concluded until it terminates at the Supreme Court which is the highest court of arbitration in Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the victory of Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has opened a can of worms.
At the center of it all is Omoyele Sowore, publisher of online newspaper, Sahara Reporters and chairman of PACAC, Professor Itse Sagay.
The Senate president's senior adviser on new media, Bamikole Omisore, accused Professor Sagay and Sowore of attempting to illegally influence the CCT judgment against Saraki.
Watch video EFCC staff staging a walk against corruption: