Senior politician cleared in graft case
Publish date: 09 July 2018
Issue Number: 781
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Nigeria's Supreme Court on Friday cleared the country's Senate leader of all corruption charges, ending a long-running legal battle that he criticised as politically motivated. A report on the News24 site notes that Bukola Saraki has spent the past three years on trial on charges of false declaration of assets during his time as the governor of Kwara state between 2003 and 2011. An ethics tribunal last year ruled that he had no case to answer but Nigeria's main anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, challenged the ruling. The court of appeal then ordered Saraki to be tried again on three of 18 charges. Judge Centus Nweze on Friday called the case 'a caricature of justice' before acquitting him.