CCT trial of Senate President Bukola Sarak.

Oladapo Okeowo

The federal government on Saturday disclosed its decision and readiness to appeal the acquittal granted Senate President Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), The Punch reports.

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The Senate president was on trial after being charged by the FG with false assets declaration.

In the disclosure, done by the special assistant to the president on prosecutions, Okoi Obono-Obla, the FG would be filing a notice appeal by Wednesday as he argued that the CCT misapplied the law by adopting the wrong standard of proof in exonerating Saraki.

He said, “Definitely we are going to appeal against the ruling in Saraki’s case. One of our grounds of appeal is that the tribunal misapplied the law. For instance, the standard of proof that the tribunal used is not applicable to charges of false declaration of assets.

“It (charge of false asset declaration) is a strict liability offence, so you cannot apply the standard of proof that is applied in the regular criminal proceedings.

“Surely, we will file the appeal next (this) week Wednesday.”

The presidential aide went on to describe the fight against all forms of corruption as a fight to the end with no quarter given nor asked.

“Anybody who thinks he can get away with an act of corruption is dreaming. We are going to file an appeal against all the nonsensical rulings that we have got from our court in recent times.”

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had on Wednesday discharged and acquitted Saraki of all the 18 charges of false asset declaration and other related offences preferred against him.

This came about after the two-man panel, led by Danladi Umar, unanimously upheld the no-case submission which Saraki filed on May 26, after the prosecution closed its case  on May 4.