The trial of Nigerian Senate President, Bukola Saraki has opened in Abuja. As head of the Senate in a fantastically corrupt nation, Bukola Saraki charges are numerous ranging from illegal possession to false declaration of assets. The Nigerian number 3 and his deputy Ike Ekweremadu have also been charged with criminal conspiracy and forgery of Senate resolutions.
According to the indictment, they falsified settlement of the Senate used for elections in June 2015, in which Saraki and Ekweremadu were elected. Both men have denied the charges. Both defendants face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. The judge ordered their conditional release on Monday, the 27th of June and postponed the trial to the 11th of July.
Senator Saraki, the most important personality in Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, is also accused of concealing property acquired with embezzled public funds when he was governor of Kwara State (West ) between 2003 and 2011.
Chi Prudence Asong (Cameroon Intelligence Report)