CCT okays Saraki for trial

Senate President Bukola Saraki on arrival at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for for the resumption of his trial for alleged false declaration of assets in Abuja Friday, March 11, 2016. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo.

Senate President Bukola Saraki on arrival at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)  for the resumption of his trial for an alleged false declaration of assets in Abuja Friday, March 11, 2016. PHOTO: Ladidi Lucy Elukpo.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Thursday ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear an alleged case of false declaration of assets preferred against Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The senate president was alleged to have filed false assets while he was the governor of his home state of Kwara.

Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN) had filed a fresh application challenging the jurisdiction of the Tribunal over the case.

The motion, dated March 4, was in pursuant to Section 36 (6) (a)(b), 36 (12) and paragraph 15 of the First Schedule of 1999 Constitution: Section 3 and paragraph 1 of the third schedule of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

The grounds for the fresh application include that the tribunal has no jurisdiction to entertain the charge; that a condition precedent to the exercise of jurisdiction has not been fulfilled and that the charge was brought in bad faith.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, said that there was no breach of the law as the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act of 1989 allows the Senate President to prove his innocence of the alleged crime at the tribunal.

Umar said Section 3 (e) of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution empowers the Code of Conduct of Bureau the right to receive complaints of such nature and where necessary refer such matter to the tribunal.

He further stated that the Federal Government can choose to try anyone for a crime committed regardless of the time such crime was committed, and that the Constitution empowers the Attorney-General of the Federation to file criminal charges.



4 Comments
  • new republic

    Stop wasting our time,Saraki is free already.

    • Samuel Oni

      He is only trying to play big. This was the way of yesteryears

  • Jacky

    Saraki should simply face trial and prove his innocence. All the judicial rigmarole and serial abuse of both the court processes and the constitution are unprecedented. For a Chief Lawmaker, Bukola Saraki should know that he is breaking the law he is supposed to protect. It’s provocative and classless!

  • Jangirova

    April 5 is around the corner. We will soon hear his Lawyer has Typhoid fever and Saraki has diarrhoea so they seek adjournment. When will the abuse of court processes end in this particular case ?

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