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Tribunal fixes October 5 for ruling on Saraki's trial

24 August 2016, 20:15

Abuja - The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Monday fixed October 5, 2016, for a ruling on a motion by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Premium Times reports.

Saraki had on June 14 filed the motion seeking to halt hearing on the criminal charges pending against him, alleging lack of confidence in the impartiality of Mr. Umar.

The charges bordered on false and anticipatory declaration of assets as well as running of foreign bank accounts while governor of  Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

In his motion, Saraki said Umar expressed bias when he warned of the consequences of the frustrating tactics of the defence team.

No amount of efforts made to frustrate the trial would “reduce the consequences the defendant will meet in this tribunal at the end of the trial,” Umar said at the resumed hearing on June 7.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, had last month said there is no going back on the forgery suit the Federal Government instituted against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and presiding officials of the National Assembly according to News24.

Malami, who appeared before the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, on Wednesday, said the decision of his office to institute a legal action against the presiding officers of the Senate over the alleged forgery of the Senate Standing Order 2015 was in good faith and in public interest.

- News 24


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