The expected return of Senate President Bukola Saraki to the dock for alleged false asset declaration and the continuation of the trials of former Peoples Democratic Party spokesperson, Olisah Metuh, and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, are some of the major cases expected in 2018.
Also, the continued detention of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, as well as the Shiite leader, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, are among cases that will make the headlines in 2018.
Saraki’s False Asset Charge
Recall that an Abuja division of supreme court ordered the retrial of Mr. Saraki, months after he was declared free of an 18-count charge of false asset declaration against him.
Already, lawyers representing Mr. Saraki, led by a former Attorney General of the Federation, Kanu Agabi, have appealed the decision of the appellate court.
Mr. Saraki’s battle against his false asset declaration charge dates back to the first time the charge was brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau on September16, 2015.
After an initial invitation to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on September, 18 was declined by Mr. Saraki, the tribunal ordered the arrest of the Senate President by security operatives.
On his part, Mr. Saraki approached the Federal High Court and the Appeal Court in various attempts to stop his appearance at the tribunal.
After failing in the said attempts, Mr. Saraki appeared before the tribunal on September 22 where he pleaded not guilty to a 13-count charge initially brought against him.