Thursday, November 5, 2015

Saraki's Counsel Resigns From CCT Trial

According to Daily Post, Mogaji had urged the tribunal to suspend further hearing on the matter pending the Supreme Court’s decision on the matter, but his argument was opposed by the prosecution, Rotimi Jacobs. The counsel, in his reaction to the new development, resigned from his post as the defense counsel, leaving the former governor to ‘shop’ for a new legal consultant ahead of the next hearing. The case has since been adjourned to November 18 and 19 for further hearing. Earlier in the day, Saraki appeared at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) for his ongoing trial with several senators. The former governor who pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the 13-count charge against him, was accompanied to the tribunal Thursday morning by several senators. The case against him was read after the arrival of the chairman of the tribunal, Umar Danladi.’s correspondent at the tribunal reports that the counsel to the federal government, Rotimi Williams (SAN), while reacting to the plea by the defendant’s counsel that the tribunal should postpone the trial to another date, stated that the decision of the court of appeal shall be enforced by relevant bodies including the tribunal. He said: “The decision of the court of appeal is binding on all parties.” Meanwhile, it was gathered that photojournalists were not allowed to record or take pictures of proceedings at the tribunal. It was reported earlier that the Nigerian Senate had shutdown today’s plenary in order for the senators to support their leader. However, Daily Post reports that Saraki had adjourned sitting to November 10, a situation which Senator Dino Melaye explained was to enable adhoc committees work on their reports.

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