Witness Admits Statement was Made One Month after Charges were Filed against Saraki

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Alex Enumah in Abuja

As the defence team to senate president, Bukola Saraki, begins cross examination of witnesses in the trial of Saraki over alleged false declaration of asset, a principal Prosecution witness has admitted before the court that charges were filed against Saraki, one month before he made his statement.

The witness, Micheal Wetkas, made the admission when he was asked by Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, SAN, whether he was aware that that his statement was made over one month after the prosecution had filed charges against the defendant. Wetkas who initially said he was not aware, admitted after he was presented with a document showing that the charge was filed on the 14th of September, 2015, while his statement was made on the 30th of October, 2015.

Also when asked if he knows that the usual practice is that statement be made before charges are filed the witness, while claiming that he did not file the charge however stated the prosecution asked him to make the statement.

Under cross examination, Wetkas also admitted that he was not the one who investigated a petition by the kwara Freedom Network neither did he carried a forensic investigation of the account of kwara state when Saraki was governor.

However, Wetkas, while being led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, had earlier told the court how their investigation showed a list of properties traced to the senate president that were not declared by him in the Asset Declaration Form.

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