In another bungled claim, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to substantiate allegation of anticipatory buying of property against the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The property in contention is the crux of the case, as the Federal Government is claiming in the charges against Saraki that he entered in his 2003 Assets Declaration Form, a property he later bought in 2006.
However, EFCC lead investigator into the matter, Michael Wetkas who is currently under cross examination on Tuesday, failed to convince the Tribunal that Saraki did anticipatory buying following proves that No 15 MacDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos State was bided for by different companies and persons when Saraki bought it.
According the Defence Counsel, Paul Erokoro (SAN), “Mr Wetkas, can you tell us how the defendant knew in 2003 what properties he would buy in 2006?” This was the master stroke that killed it after Wetkas could not through facts and documents proved that there was any anticipatory buying by Saraki.
Although the lead prosecutor, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar had tried to come to the rescue of Wetkas, but it was immaterial in the face of contradictory claims and lack of evidence to nail substantiate the charge.
Consequently, the lawyer to Saraki has now raised a new ground that his assets declaration form was likely tampered with at the CCB: “Logic tells us that exhibit 1 has been tampered with.”
This may be a new ground for the court to determine and spend time with, as the tail may be wagging the dog in the days ahead.