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Saraki loses bid to stop CCT trial

24 March 2016, 12:17

Abuja - Senate President Bukola Saraki on Thursday lost his bid to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT.

The tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the case against Saraki for allegedly declaring false assets while he was governor of Kwara State.

Saraki through his lead counsel, Kanu Agabi had raised objections about the jurisdiction of the CCT during the last sitting of the tribunal on March 18.

Also read: Buhari holds talks with Dogara over Saraki’s trial

Danladi Umar, Chairman of the tribunal said the tribunal has the power to hear the case.

Following the dismissal of Saraki’s motion, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs said proceedings of the trial should continue since the tribunal has during its last sitting said it will continue the hearing of the case if the decision go against the Senate President.

But Agabi opposed Jacobs, saying continuing with the case will indicate that the tribunal knows the ruling before then.

Umar agreed with Agabi,  saying the defendant should be given time to prepare for his defence to ensure that justice is done.

He subsequently adjourned till April 5 for the continuation of trial.

- News 24


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