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Court reserves judgment on Saraki’s appeal

06 October 2016, 16:14

Abuja - The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, Thursday, reserved judgment in an appeal the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki lodged against his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Vanguard reports.

A five-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdul Aboki, okayed judgement on the appeal marked CA/A/172c/2016, after it heard arguments from Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi, SAN, and counsel to the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN.

Saraki had gone before the appellate court to query the legal propriety of the 16-count criminal charge the federal government entered against him before the CCT.

He is challenging jurisdiction of the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal to try him on the basis of a charge he said was incompetent and legally defective.

The tribunal had in the said ruling held that it has the requisite jurisdiction to hear and determine the case against the Senate President.

The two-man panel tribunal had also declined to suspend further proceeding on the matter to await the outcome of the appeal dated April 4.

Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar on Tuesday vowed not to withdraw from the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki according to News24.

Saraki had asked Umar to withdraw from his trial on the grounds that he was biased.

Saraki is being prosecuted by the Federal Government for 13 counts of false asset declaration when he had served as Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.

- News 24


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