CACOL Group condemns Saraki’s acquittal by CCT

The group said the move is an indictment on the anti-corruption war of the Buhari led administration.

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The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has condemned Senate President Bukola Saraki’s acquittal by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The group said the move is an indictment on the anti-corruption war of the Buhari led administration.

The CCT had earlier declared on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, that Saraki had no case to answer.

According to Daily Post, the media coordinator of CACOL, Wale Salami said “We view the judgment as a political one achieved by the so-called anticorruption-focused APC-led Federal Government for the purpose of settling its intra-party wrangling and discontent.

“The ruling is a big indictment on the government’s anti-corruption drive given that Saraki’s case had been of the most prominent and most vigorously pursued one out of the several corruption cases being prosecuted by the FG.

“We had suspected all along that Saraki’s corruption cases were probably going to be sacrificed on the altar of political necessity given the unnecessary manoeuvres and intrigues that have characterised the trail right from the outset.”

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“The Judiciary that is supposed to be the last hope of masses is the most disappointing given the speed with which it has been discharging and acquitting suspected corruption criminals, particularly its members and others.

“At this rate, it appears no publicly exposed persons will ever get convicted regardless of the incriminating charges against them, as long they hire high profile lawyers who will in turn help in navigating through the turf of judicial trails using the lacunae in the justice system to evade justice,” he added.

Meanwhile, Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state described Saraki’s CCT victory as a triumph against tyranny.

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