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Saraki’s counsels stage a walkout at CCT

05 November 2015, 14:05

Abuja - Counsels to Senate President Bukola Saraki staged a walkout at the tribunal, after the Code of Conduct Tribunal insisted on going ahead with its sitting, Punch reports.

The lawyers had argued that the tribunal should have stayed proceedings since the case was pending before the Supreme Court.

A counsel for Saraki, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), who announced the walkout on behalf of the defence team, described the tribunal’s ruling as judicial rascality.

Also read: Saraki shuts Senate as trial resumes at CCT

The tribunal had ruled that the prayer by Saraki’s lawyer for an adjournment could not be granted in view of the provisions of the new Administration Criminal Justice Act.

Saraki is standing trial on a 13-count criminal charge preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) over alleged false assets declaration.

Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar had adjourned till November 5 and 6 to enable the tribunal await the judgment of the Appeal Court, where Saraki had challenged the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him.

Read more at Punch

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