Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Conduct Tribunal resumes hearing on case against Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Code of Conduct Tribunal resumed hearing of the case against Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Abubakar Saraki after the judgement of the Supreme Court upheld the competence of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to entertain the matter.
The report from the Publicity Department of the Conduct Tribunal lately indicated that at the resumed session in Abuja, the prosecution counsel led by Rotimi Jacob (SAN) while addressing the court informed that the matter was to come up on the 10th of March 2016. He also revealed that the Defence Counsel, Kanu Godwin Agabi (SAN) copied him a letter on the 26th of February 2016 demanding for arraignment which he affirmed readiness for the case to commence. He intensified that his witnesses were ready to testify. Also at the resumption, the Defence Counsel led by Kanu Godwin Agabi stated that he has filed a preliminary objection before the tribunal which was served at the Federal Ministry of Justice, insisting that it should be heard and ruled upon before progression with the substantive matter. The Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacob contended that similar efforts were made by the Defence Counsel to scuttle the trial by filing motions, yet the accused went out to grant press conferences, informing the public that he is being persecuted not prosecuted. He added that already, the Supreme Court has dealt with the matter, urging the tribunal to invalidate the motion and allow the case to proceed. After heated debate between the counsels, the matter was adjourned at the instance of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Yakubu Umar to Friday March 18, 2016.

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