CCT Lacks Power To Try Me, Saraki Insists

The trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false assets declaration yesterday suffered another set back with a fresh application brought by the Senate President to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

The Federal Government had filed a 13 count charge bordering on false assets declaration against the Senate President.

During thhe hearing of the At the resumed trial yesterday, prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had announced to the court that the business of the day was hearing and that his witnesses were in court.

He added that he had enlisted about 13 witnesses.

Defence counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), who led other 66 lawyers informed the court that he had filed an application challenging the authority of the Attorney General of the Federation to initiate a criminal proceedings and also jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the matter.

Jacobs in his response said he had not been served with the application and that it was was a plot to frustrate the trial. He argued that the same motion had travelled from the high court to the Supreme court where the defendant was asked to go and face his trial.

Agabi, a former Atttorney-General of the Federation argued in his respose that the application was served on the Ministry of Justice and later tendered the proof of service to the tribunal.

He however, noted that it is the Ministry of Justice that is delaying the trial on ground that it should have called the attention of the prosecution counsel to the application served on it.

Chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar, however, urged Jacobs to get a copy of the application in court in order to proceed with the case.

In agreement with the parties, the tribunal later adjourned till March 18 for hearing of the fresh application.

Saraki had pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him and filed a motion to challenge the propriety of his trial ways up to the Supreme Court.

But the Supreme Court had in its judgement asked the Senate President to go and face his trial.

At yesterday’s proceedings, about 45 Senators including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, House leader, Ali Ndume, among others had accompanied Saraki to the tribunal.

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