Senate President, Bukola Saraki has again come under a cloud of allegations at the ongoing trial on charges of asset declaration violation.
At his re-arraignment on an 18 count charge before the Code of Conduct Tribunal yesterday, an official of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr. Samuel Madojemu, who is the Head, Intelligence Unit of the CCB, said the Senate President paid N 77m into a GTB account in one day when he was a governor of Kwara State.
Madojemu made the submission under cross-examination by prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).
He said: “Your lordship, the cash lodgment deposited is not in consonance with the income of the defendant as a governor. It cannot be attributable to his legitimate income.
“Your lordship, the defendant was earning 254,412.25 per month.
“Within that same period, in one single day, as shown in the statement of account made available by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, there was a lodgment of N77m in his account in one day.
“From Exhibit 15, the salary of a governor as of August 12, 2007 (about a month before the N77m lodgment) was N254,412.25.”
He said the money was paid into Saraki’s account on September 5, 2007.
Saraki however pleaded not guilty to all the 18 counts when they were read to him.
Danladi Umar, tribunal Chairman, adjourned the case until March 2 for further cross-examination of the witness.