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Code of Conduct Tribunal to resume Saraki’s trial March 10

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal will on March 10 resume the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on 13 counts of false assets declaration.

According to the report, the CCT issued hearing notices and served same on parties to the case on Friday.

The Supreme Court has on Friday, 05 February, 2016, dismissed the appeal of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal [CCT] to try him.

Senate President Saraki has stated that he will head to the Supreme Court in search of justice after the Appellate Court ruled against him

The Tribunal had arraigned Senator Saraki on a 13 count charge bordering on false declaration of assets in breach of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

The presiding Judge, Justice Onnoghen had, at first, given Saraki hopes saying that by virtue of Section 28 of the Interpretation Act, the sitting of CCT with 2 members is valid.

He, however, gave impetus to the jurisdiction of the CCT declaring that it has quasi jurisdiction and so can issue bench warrant.

The Saraki trial began on Friday, 18 September, 2015, at the CCT premises in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory with Saraki absent at the hearing but was represented by his lawyer.

The trial went on despite the fact that the embattled Senate President had obtained an injunction from a Federal High Court in Abuja restraining the Code of Conduct Bureau [CCB] from the trial.

On the other hand, the CCB had requested that Saraki should be brought before it or arrested within two hours for failure to comply.

Saraki had earlier declared that the legal action against him is only but a political witch-hunt as contained in a report published by Elombah.com titled “System is after me because of my stance on corruption – Saraki”.

In the report, the Senate President has described the alleged falsification of asset declaration against him as a result of desperation to fight him because of his fight against Corruption in the Country.

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