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Saraki on trial; pleads not guilty, Tribunal adjourns to October 21

saraki on trialThe code of conduct tribunal trying the Senate president, Dr Bukola Saraki has adjourned hearing on the case to October 21, 2015. The Senate president was granted bail

on self recognition.

Bukola Saraki arrived court around in company with his deputy, Ike Ekeweremadu, former governor of Sokoto State, Wamako, and several senators.

The tribunal awaits the arrival of the chairman, Justice Umar,  for Saraki’s trial to begin.

Earlier, the trial of Dr. Olubukola Saraki took a dramatic turn when he refused to mount the dock. 

The trial tribunal, headed by Justice Danladi Umar, called up Saraki’s case at exactly 10:32am. 

Where is the prosecution, is the accused person here?”, Justice Umar who was looking directly at Saraki from his vantage post, queried. 

“Mr lord I cannot see him. I think the first thing is for him to enter the dock first, then we will announce our appearances. After which the charge will be read to him”, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs submitted. 

“With profound respect to the chairman and member of this tribunal, I agree with my learned brother that we should enter appearances first. The order of this tribunal was that the accused should be produced today. It was not for his to enter his plea. The case was earlier adjourned for mention”, counsel to Saraki, Mr. J.B. Daudu, insisted.

Daudu vehemently opposed the idea of Saraki entering the dock, relying on an Appeal Court decided case law in Igbeke vs FRN, ‎2015, 3 NWLR. 

Eventually, Saraki entered the dock and pleaded not guilty to the 13-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the federal government.

Also during the trial, the prosecuting Counsel, Jacobs accused the supporters of Saraki of attempting to ridicule the tribunal judge. He asked the judge to order that the supporters and friends of the accused (Saraki) be of good conduct in court.

The Tribunal adjourned sitting to October 21, 2015.

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