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Published On: Thu, Mar 24th, 2016

CCT dismisses Saraki’s motion for quashing of charges

CCT dismisses Saraki’s motion for quashing of charges

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday dismissed the motion by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the 13 counts of false and anticipatory assets declaration preferred against him.

The Danladi Umar-led tribunal resolved all the issues raised ‎by the Senate President against him and affirmed that it had jurisdiction to hear the case.

Umar who read the ruling directed that the prosecution to open its case, ruling that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Attorney-General of the Federation was competent to institute charges before the CCT.

The tribunal also ruled that Saraki’s contention that he was being prosecuted for offences allegedly committed about 13 years ago was out of place.

It also held that the Saraki’s reliance on its (CCT’s) earlier ruling dismissing the charges against a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, was wrong.

Umar  held that the t‎ribunal had since realised that the ruling discharging Tinubu was made in error.

While the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said he already had his first witness in court, the lead defence counsel, Mr. Kanu Agabi (SAN), asked for an adjournment to prepare for trial.

The tribunal chairman agreed with the defence counsel, insisting that criminal cases must not be rushed.

He adjourned the trial till May 5.

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