Saraki: EFCC disowns lawyer, witness

By Titilope Fadare

OrderPaperToday– The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has renounced claims of having anything to do with the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The anti-graft agency said this in a tweet on its official twitter handle @officialEFCC through which it also clarified that it was not a partner in the prosecution of Saraki in an 18- counts case of false declaration of assets.

Recall that the Tribunal on Wednesday discharged and acquitted the Senate President on the ground that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case against him.

It should be noted that during the two years trial of Saraki, Rotimi Jacobs was often referred to as counsel to the EFCC, a position the commission clarified on Friday thus in one of its tweet: “For our friends that do not know, the #EFCC was NOT prosecuting the Senate President.

In response to a comment by a twitter user @irene_achamaja EFCC said: “The learned silk is an independent lawyer for the state. He could also be counsel to ICPC, NIA or DSS.”

In the meantime, the clarification by the EFCC spawned several reactions from Nigerians with many condemning it for losing many of its cases in recent times.

A comment by @abdulmuminImam read thus: “But the #EFCC was busy correcting people’s spellings on twitter instead of hiring d best lawyers 2 defend & stand 4 the country of Nigerians on twitter.”

Another tweeted from @welly98welly “see who is talking! How many conviction of high profile corruption cases have you gotten since 2015? Recovering ‘loot’ is not conviction just you know, We want convictions, we want to see the corrupt politicians put behind bars so that they will leave our political space. This is what we want!.”

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