Prosecution Witness in the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, in the anticipatory/false assets declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Michael Wetkas, yesterday insisted that Saraki continued to receive salary from Kwara State coffers even after he ceased to be governor of the state.
Wetkas stated this while being cross examined by one of the counsels to Saraki, Paul Usoro SAN. With the proceedings of yesterday, it brought to an end a 14-day long cross-examination of first prosecution witness which spanned over five months.
Saraki is facing trial over alleged falsification of assets and anticipatory declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja.
At the resumed trial yesterday, Usoro announced that the defence has come to end of the cross-examination of the witness after about 30 minutes 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) had at the proceedings on Monday complained that the defendant was taking much time for the crossexamination. “The cross-examination started June before the judiciary vacation”, he had noted.
Asked whether he investigated the account Kwara State government, Wetkas said that he did not investigate the account. 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, however, adjourned the matter to January 11, 2017 for possible re-examination of the witness by the prosecution and continuation of trial.