Nigeria Senate Head to Fight Fraud Charges as Appeal Quashed

  • Senate President's appeal dismissed by Supreme Court in Abuja
  • Bukola Saraki faces trial for alleged asset declartion fraud

Nigerian Senate President Bukola Saraki said he would fight to prove his innocence against fraud charges after the Supreme Court on Friday dismissed his appeal to have the trial proceedings quashed.

Saraki faces 13 charges of alleged asset declaration fraud from his time when he was governor of the western state of Kwara. The Senate leader has said the charges are politically motivated.

Saraki “expresses disappointment over the judgment,” Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate president’s spokesman, said in a statement on his website. “The Senate president believes he will have his day in the court to prove his innocence of the charges.”

Saraki, a ruling party senator who defected from the People’s Democratic Party, drew on support from his former PDP colleagues to win the Senate leadership last June, riding over his All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari’s preferred choice.

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