Saraki: ‘I Can’t Declare My Wife’s Assets,’

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki has responded to recent revelations that his wife owns four offshore assets which were not declared by him as is required of a public officer.
Saraki made the response via a statement released on Monday, April 4, 2016, by his media aide, Yusuph Olaniyonu.

It reads:

“The property in question forms part of Dr Saraki’s wife’s family asset. It is public knowledge that Mrs. Saraki comes from a family of independent means and wealth with numerous and varied assets acquired over decades in family estates and investments.”

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“Furthermore, the law only requires a public officer to declare both his own assets and those held by his spouse and his children under 18 years of age. The law does not require a public officer to declare assets held by the spouse’s family.”

“It is not expected by the law that a public officer should declare such assets held in the spouse’s family estate. Indeed, the Code of Conduct form does not make provision for declaration of spouse’s family assets.”

Saraki is facing charges of asset declaration fraud before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

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