Tuesday, April 19, 2016

EFCC witness disowns own document he submitted against Saraki

[caption id="attachment_1378" align="aligncenter" width="280"]Bukola Saraki Elected Senate President Bukola Saraki Elected Senate President[/caption]Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Tuesday
April 19th denied knowledge of the contents of a
petition he tendered as evidence against Senate
President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct
Tribunal (CCT).
The petition, which is marked “Exhibit 11″, was
written by a group known as Kwara Freedom
Network, alleging corruption against Saraki. While
being cross-examined by Kanu Agabi, Saraki’s lead
counsel, Wetkas said he was not involved in the
investigation of the petition he tendered as evidence
at the tribunal.
Regarding whether he confirmed that local
government funds were being illegally deducted as
alleged in the petition against Saraki, he said:
“Not part of the investigation I carried out.”
“Do you know whether the petition was addressed to
the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB),” Agabi asked.
“I don’t work for the CCB. I wouldn’t know.”
Agabi: “In terms illegal transfer of funds by the
accountant general, was he invited?”
Wetkas: “I cannot say because I was not the one in
charge of this.”
Agabi: “Did you know if this exhibit was referred to
him for an answer?
Wetkas: “I wouldn’t know, but he was once invited.”
Agabi: “Did you meet with the members of Kwara
Freedom Network?”
Wetkas: “It was not part of my investigation.”
Agabi: “In the course of your work, did you come
upon any document in which members of this
network were called upon to justify their petition.”
Wetkas: “I was involved in this investigation in 2014;
the petition was in 2012.”
Agabi: “Have you read the petition?”
“I only perused through it.”
Agabi: “When you tendered this document, did it
occur to you that you will be questioned?”
Wetkas: “This is not the aspect I investigated.
Someone more competent than me will talk about
Agabi: “Did your perusal show that the asset
declaration of the defendant was the issue.”
Wetkas: “I can’t remember seeing that.”
When asked if he obtained the statements of the
petitioners, the EFCC detective said he did not know.
Agabi: “Did you obtain any statement from the
defendant on this petition?”
Wetkas: “It was not part of my investigation. I didn’t
investigate this aspect of the petition. There are
people who are more competent to talk about it.”
Agabi: “Exhibit 11 (the petition) is not addressed to
the CCB. No action was taken for four years after
exhibit 11 was received?”
Wetkas: “I cannot say that. I didn’t investigate exhibit
The trial has been adjourned till Wednesday 20th of April 2016.

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