CCT shifts Saraki, Orubebe’s cases
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.