CCT Develops Cold Feet, Adjourns Saraki’s Trial For Appeal Court’s Verdict

Senate President Bukola Saraki
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By Our Judicial Correspondent
Although it claimed equal status and independence from the Court of Appeal, the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja on Wednesday appealed to have developed cold feet in going ahead with the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki by adjourning the matter to November 5 and 6.
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, premised the adjournment on the pending judgment of the appeal court‎ on the legality of the trial in a suit filed before the appellate court by the Senate president.
Last week, the Court of Appeal reserved his ruling on Saraki’s suit before it indefinitely.
At today’s trial the CCT chairman asked Saraki, to “go and relax” as he adjourned his (Saraki) trial to November 5 and 6. By this decision, legal experts say the CCT has deigned to the Court of Appeal and appears to have accepted the appellate court as a court of superior jurisdiction.
Saraki is facing a 13-count criminal charge bordering on false declaration of assets preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) before the CCT.
While Saraki’s lawyer, Mahmud Magaji, prayed that the trial should be adjourned sine die, the prosecuting counsel‎, Rotimi Jacobs, argued the tribunal to adjourn the trial out of respect for the Appeal Court, which reserved judgment on the suit filed by the Senate President to stop his trial for alleged false declaration of assets.
Umar, objected the prayer of Saraki’s counsel, saying the Senate president might “go and relax” as he gave a two-week time-off.
And, in a strong show of solidarity with Saraki, no fewer than 80 senators accompanied him to the CCT, led by Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
Saraki is facing a 13-count criminal charge bordering on false declaration of assets preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.


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