The star witness in the ongoing trial of Senator Bukola Saraki, Mr. Michael Wetkas was pummeled with questions from Saraki’s defense yesterday as he admitted the EFCC did not investigate the accuracy of some of the exhibits presented as proof in the ongoing trial of the Senate President.
On cross examination of EFCC’s witness by the defense team led by Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), Mr. Wetkas acknowledged that neither he nor his team investigated Exhibits 11, 12 and 13 of the charges leveled against the Senate President. An online news portal, The Nation, reported that Mr. Wetkas said the petitions pertaining to the three exhibits were not investigated by him. Exhibit 11, which was dated May 22, 2012, contained a petition written by the Kwara Freedom Network inviting the EFCC to investigate the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board. The witness had while giving evidence in chief, told the tribunal that the petition by the Kwara Freedom Network triggered the investigation.
“Exhibit 12 was dated on May 7, 2011 but was addressed to the Chairman of the EFCC asking the anti-graft agency to investigate the Kwara State Government on borrowings for projects described as phoney. Exhibit 13 was a petition dated June 7, 2012, which dwelt on the mismanagement of local government revenue in Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.”
It was also observed that the EFCC did not interrogate the Accountant General of Kwara State to clarify the allegations leveled against Senator Saraki. The EFFC witness said, that interrogating the Accountant General was not part of his briefs. The EFCC’s witness did not also get any verifiable document to back the petition written against Senator Saraki. Also under cross-examination, the witness admitted that investigating the assets declared by the defendant did not form part of his schedule of duty. He also admitted that Exhibits 3, 4 and 5, being the asset declaration forms of the defendant, were duly examined and stamped by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and not the EFCC, his employer. He added that there was nowhere in the petition he investigated where Saraki’s assets declaration was in contention.
As more and more holes are drilled into EFFC’s star witness’ account, Senator Bukola Saraki might walk away scot free.