Ap­peal Court as­sumes ju­ris­dic­tion on Saraki’s as­sets dec­la­ra­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

The Court of Ap­peal sit­ting in Abuja yesterday for­mally as­sumed ju­ris­dic­tion over the on­go­ing trial of the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki over al­leged false as­sets dec­la­ra­tion.

Jus­tice Moore Adumein granted speedy hear­ing af­ter lis­ten­ing to ar­gu­ments of coun­sel to Saraki, Malam Mah­moud Abubakar Ma­gaji (SAN) on the need for the mat­ter to be ex­pe­di­tiously de­ter­mined be­cause of the ut­most ur­gency in­volved.

With this de­ci­sion, the pro­ceed­ings be­fore the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal have au­to­mat­i­cally stopped pend­ing the out­come of the ap­peal.

Fol­low­ing his ar­raign­ment be­fore the Tri­bunal last month, Saraki had ap­proached the Court of Ap­peal, Abuja for a stay of pro­ceed­ings.

The ap­pel­late court in a de­ci­sion yesterday granted ac­cel­er­ated hear­ing into the suit in which Saraki is ask­ing the court to stop his con­tin­ued trial at the Tri­bunal pend­ing the de­ter­mi­na­tion of his case.

The ac­cel­er­ated hear­ing was or­dered yesterday as Ro­timi Ja­cobs (SAN), Lawyer to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment did not op­pose the mo­tion filed by Saraki’s Lawyers.

While mak­ing the or­der, the three-man panel of Jus­tices headed by Jus­tice Adumein di­rected the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to file its brief be­fore Oc­to­ber 16, when the ap­peal would be ripe for hear­ing.

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