Abuja - The Court of Appeal in Abuja on Thursday formally assumed jurisdiction in an appeal brought before it by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki to challenge his trial by the Federal Government on alleged false assets declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Punch reports.
The appellate court in a decision granted accelerated hearing in the suit.
Saraki is asking the court to stop his continued trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal pending the determination of his case.
Justice Moore Adumein granted the speedy hearing after listening to the fierce argument of counsel to Saraki, Malam Mahmoud Abubakar Magaji (SAN), on the need for the matter to be expeditiously determined because of the utmost urgency involved.
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Saraki, through the counsel is praying the Court of Appeal for an order to stay, stop or halt his trial on a 13-count charge of false assets declaration charges against by the Code of Conduct Tribunal pending the hearing and determination of his motion on notice pending before the appellate court.
Respondents in the appeal case are the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Federal Ministry of Justice and one Mr Musiliu Hassan, a lawyer in the ministry.
The appeal by the Senate President followed the ruling by the Code of Conduct Tribunal that the Federal Government has power to initiate a criminal charge against him even in the absence of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice vested with powers by the constitution to initiate such trial.
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