As­sets: A/court ad­journs rul­ing on Saraki’s case in­def­i­nitely

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

Judg­ment in the ap­peal filed by the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki seek­ing to stop his trial be­fore the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal could not go on yes­ter­day at the Court of Ap­peal, Abuja Divi­sion.

No rea­son was given by the Jus­tice Moore Adumein panel for the in­def­i­nite ad­journ­ment.

Im­me­di­ately the shift in date was an­nounced an im­pec­ca­ble source close to the court that did not want the name men­tioned said that pres­sure from higher quar­ters was mounted some hours to the judg­ment to de­lay it.

The court had on Fri­day fixed yes­ter­day for the judg­ment.

When the par­ties, lawyers and jour­nal­ists got to the court yes­ter­day, the doors were un­der lock and key.

At the registry, it was gath­ered that the judg­ment had been ad­journed in­def­i­nitely.

The ap­pel­late court had fixed yes­ter­day as judg­ment day af­ter tak­ing fi­nal brief of ar­gu­ments from coun­sels to par­ties in the suit last Fri­day.

Saraki’s coun­sel, Joseph Daudu (SAN) who led Yusuf Ali, Adebayo Ade­lo­dun, Mah­mud Ma­gaji, Ahmed Raji and Kay­ode Eleja all SAN to ar­gue the case of Saraki raised five ma­jor is­sues for de­ter­mi­na­tion by the court.

Among oth­ers, the ap­pel­lant coun­sel ar­gued that the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal erred in law by pro­ceed­ing with the trial with two mem­bers in­stead of manda­tory three as pro­vided by the con­sti­tu­tion.

How­ever op­pos­ing the sub­mis­sions of Saraki’s coun­sel, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment through its coun­sel, Ro­timi Ja­cobs (SAN) asked that the ap­peal case be dis­missed for lack­ing merit.

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