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CCT: Saraki faces 14 years imprisonment if found guilty

10 February 2016, 18:10

Abuja - Senate President Bukola Saraki risks losing his position at the National Assembly and 14 years jail term if he is found guilty by the Code of Conduct Tribunal

He has been charged by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) for allegedly falsifying his assets declaration form.

He would also be banned for 10 years from holding public office and forfeiture of any asset related to the alleged offence.

Also read: Supreme Court okays Saraki’s trial at CCT

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, empowered by the Code of Conduct Bureau and the Tribunal Act can legally prescribe any of the punishments contained in Section 23 of the Act on an offender.

Section 23 of the Act provides; “(1) Where the tribunal finds a public officer guilty of contravening any of the provisions of this act, it shall impose upon that officer any of the punishments specified under subsection (2) of this section.”

Section 23(2), however, states: “The punishment which the tribunal shall impose shall include any of the following: (a) vacation of office or any elective or nominated office as the case may be; (b) disqualification from holding any public office (whether elective or not) for a period not exceeding 10 years; (c) seizure and forfeiture to the state of any property acquired in abuse or corruption of office.”

If found guilty under the Section 23(3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, Saraki may also be punished for perjury as his asset declaration process was also done under oath, an offence which carries a penalty of 14 years jail term as prescribed by the Criminal Code Act.

The Section 118 of the Criminal Code Act states; “Any person who commits perjury is liable to imprisonment for 14 years. If the offender commits the offence in order to procure the conviction of another person for an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for life he is liable to imprisonment for life.”

- News 24


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