Asset: Saraki’s trial adjourned till Nov 5
The trial of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false declaration of assets was yesterday adjourned till November 5.
The tribunal said that this was due to the pending judgment of the Court of Appeal on the same matter.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division had on Monday adjourned indefinitely judgment in an appeal filed by Saraki seeking to stop his trial.
The Federal Government had last month arraigned Saraki before the tribunal on a 13-count charge bothering on false assets declaration to which he pleaded not guilty.
After announcing appearance, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) noted that it was proper and procedural for the accused person who is present in court to stay in the dock while the trial proceeds.
Saraki’s counsel, Mahmud Magaji (SAN) however opposed the submission and urged the tribunal to take judicial notice that there was a pending appeal before the Court of Appeal, hence the tribunal lacks the power to continue with the trial.
However, tribunal chairman, Justice Danladi Umar held that the accused person should enter the dock, after which any other application can be made.
It was at this point that the Senate President moved into the dock and was given a chair to sit.
Jacobs informed the court about the pendency of the judgment at the Court of Appeal, noting that it would be a sign of respect to the appellate court for the prosecution to wait for its judgment.
Justice Umar held that the adjournment will be for two weeks.
Senate President Bukola Saraki waits for proceedings at the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja yesterday. The hearing was adjourned till November 5. Photo Macjohn Akande