CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial indefinitely

Fri Mar 9th, 2018 - Abuja (FCT)

ABUJA—Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, yesterday, adjourned indefinitely the trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, pending the determination of an appeal at the Supreme Court.

Justice Danladi Umar, Chairman of the CCT, gave the order at the resumed sitting of the tribunal.

President of the Nigerian 8th Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki

Saraki was arraigned in 2015 by the Federal Government for alleged false declaration of asset after he served as governor of Kwara between 2003 and 2011.

The tribunal in 2017 acquitted him on all the charges and discharged him but the Court of Appeal sustained three of the counts in the charges after an appeal by the prosecution, and referred them back to the tribunal for retrial.

Umar said the court was supposed to hear adoption of written addresses from both parties, but he said: “There was no way the matter could go on since an appeal had been filed.

“There is an appeal before the Supreme Court filed by the defence, the prosecution has also filed a cross appeal, we might need to look at the provision of Section 305 and 306 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act to decide on what to do,” he said.

Umar subsequently asked the prosecution and the defence counsel to address the tribunal on the way forward on the matter.




source: Vanguard