CCT shifts Saraki, Orubebe’s cases

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye & Clement A. Oloyede

The trial of the Se­nate Pres­i­dent, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal (CCT) over al­leged false as­sets dec­la­ra­tion ear­lier fixed for yes­ter­day has been shifted till Septem­ber.

The tri­bunal had fixed the date for rul­ing in a mo­tion on no­tice filed by Saraki seek­ing dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the CCT chair­man from the trial on the ground of bias and mak­ing prej­u­di­cial state­ments in the course of the trial.

How­ever, Al­haji Ibrahim Al-has­san, the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer of the tri­bunal, in a state­ment yes­ter­day an­nounced that the tri­bunal would not sit un­til Septem­ber due to the on­go­ing an­nual va­ca­tion of courts and tri­bunals across the coun­try.

The state­ment did not give a spe­cific date the trial and the rul­ing will re­sume, but said the date would be fixed as soon as the tri­bunal re­turns from va­ca­tion, and par­ties would be duly com­mu­ni­cated on the new date.

Oth­ers whose trial are also to wait till Septem­ber in­clude a for­mer Min­is­ter of Niger Delta Af­fairs, Elder Gods­day Orubebe, whose judg­ment had ear­lier been fixed for July 19.

Also to wait till af­ter va­ca­tion is for­mer Deputy Comp­trol­ler Gen­eral of the Nige­rian Cus­toms Ser­vice, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo Owolabi, who had also prayed for the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Umar on the ground of de­mand of N10m bribe from him.

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