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Court orders arrest of Senate President Saraki

18 September 2015, 15:03

Abuja - The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday issued a bench warrant against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, reports NewsDay.

The tribunal ordered the Inspector General of Police, Sunday Arase and other security agencies to arrest and produce him in court.

The bench warrant against Saraki follows his refusal to appear in court to face a 13-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the Federal Ministry of Justice.

Also read: The trial on Saraki's asset declaration commences

Sarak was among other charges accused of false declaration of his assets when he was governor of Kwara State.

The government through a deputy director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, M.S. Hassan has asked the tribunal to order Saraki’s arrest for refusing to show up in court.

Saraki has through his lawyer, begged the tribunal to consider his position as the Senate President and stay the execution of the arrest warrant, saying he would be available for trial on Monday.

His plea was refused by Justice Umar who maintained that the accused person, having sworn to protect the constitution, ought to have shown respect to the tribunal by appearing before it on Friday.

Read more at NewsDay.

- Newsday


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