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How Bukola Saraki Became The First Nigerian Senate President To Be Issued With An Arrest Warrant

Former Nigerian senate president, Bukola Saraki happens to be one of the most talked about politicians in the country. Some of the things he is known for, is his courage and style of leadership.

The former Kwara state governor was on 9 June, 2015 elected unopposed as president of the Senate after his re-election in the 2015 general elections.File photo: Bukola Saraki | Credit: Premium Times

Bukola Saraki's tenure as Senate President was not entirely rosy. He went through a lot of challenges throughout his days as Senate President; some of which he actually overcame.

What kind of challenges did Bukola Saraki Face?

On the 18th of September 2015, Bukola Saraki became the first ever Nigerian senate president to be issued with an arrest warrant. The warrant was issued by Danladi Umar, the then chairman of the code of conduct Tribunal. He was accused of making false declaration about his assets.File photo: Bukola Saraki| Credit: Daily Post

The code of conduct Tribunal cited an initial 13-count charge of corruption against Saraki in 2015. Afterwards, it was later increased to 22 charges.

How it ended. 

On Wednesday 14, June 2017, the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja acquitted Saraki of the charges in the false declaration of assets which was brought against him.

However, unsatisfied with the outcome of the verdict, the Federal Government of Nigeria, unexpectedly filled an appeal. Based on that, the Court of Appeal ordered the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try Saraki on three out of the 18 count amended charges bordering on false declaration of assets brought against him by the federal government.File photo: Bukola Saraki | Credit: Legit ng

But in a judgement on 6 July, a five-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Dattijo Mohammed, held that the decision of the appeal court to agree with the tribunal in one breath and order Mr Saraki's return to the CCT in another, amounted to a "judicial summersault." As a result, the June 2017 decision of the code of conduct Tribunal was affirmed by the Court and all the charges bordering on false declaration of assets were dismissed entirely.

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