Controversy over the case against Senate president Bukola Saraki continues, with fresh reports containing that the official has relocated from his personal residence in Abuja.
The Nation provides with reference to its sources that Saraki had to move to the guest house of the Senate president office for security reasons. However, it is a possible development that police will invade the guest house to arrest Saraki, the sources claimed.
“The president of the Senate has relocated from his personal house in Abuja. Saraki is now staying in the official guest house of the president of the Senate which is like a sacred place like the hallowed chamber of the Senate.
“If the police and security agencies invade or storm the place, it will amount to a slap on the upper chamber. This can make the Senate to join issues with the Executive despite the fact that there is no immunity for any National Assembly leaders.
“He has also been consulting with his strategists on how to vacate the bench warrant against him by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.”
Saraki’s aide confirmed the relocation stating a different reason for the move:
“He actually moved to the guest house since Monday because of the ongoing renovation in his personal residence due to a recent fire incident.”
Meanwhile the police is yet to receive the bench warrant to effect the official’s arrest. The warrant might be issued on Monday, it has been learnt.
A source disclosed:
“I think the long session of the tribunal on Friday accounted for the delay in making the warrant available to the police.
“And a tribunal will have no justification for issuing warrant of arrest on Saturday when it is not an official period.
“The police have to be careful because any procedural error in the execution of bench warrant could affect the merit or otherwise of the case at hand. The police can get the warrant by 8am on Monday and effect the arrest of the President of the Senate immediately.”
Saraki is facing a 13-count corruption charges posed by the Code of Conduct Bureau after his assets declaration. The official is accused of misusing state funds for purchasing private assets during his governorship term and of several other illegal actions in relation to the public money.