Monday 25 April 2016

Appeal Court strikes out Saraki’s application to stop his trial at Code of Conduct Tribunal

Bukola Saraki
The Court of Appeal, Abuja, has struck out an application by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, seeking to halt his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Mr. Saraki had approached the court asking it to compel the CCT to stay proceedings on his trial pending the determination of another application he filed before the appeal court.

Mr. Saraki is standing trial at the CCT for alleged false and anticipatory declaration of assets.

The CCT had recently ruled that it had the jurisdiction to try him, a verdict Mr. Saraki is now challenging at the Court of Appeal.

Mr. Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, who made the application, informed the court on Monday, April 25 of his client’s desire to withdraw the said application for stay of proceedings, but prayed the court to speed up hearing into his client’s main application.
“In the motion, dated April 4, we prayed your lordship to stay proceedings at the CCT pending the hearing of our appeal. But we now want to urge your lordship to grant accelerated hearing to our appeal,” he said.
Mr. Saraki had approached the court after the application to halt his trial at the CCT was dismissed on March 24.

At Monday’s hearing, the court adjourned the substantive matter to a date to be communicated to parties.

Credit: Evelyn Okakwu/Premium Times

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