Saraki’s absence - Tribunal adjourns
The Code of Conduct tribunal has adjourned for an hour and will return later to rule on the absence of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at its Monday’s sitting in Abuja.
Saraki was absent when the panel commenced its sitting on Monday.
He is facing a 13-count charge, bordering on alleged false declaration of assets.
The tribunal’s chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, said the panel will rule on whether it can proceed without Saraki’s presence, to rule on the application challenging its jurisdiction.
Justice Umar and Saraki’s lead counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), had argued on whether it was appropriate for the Senate President to shun the panel’s sitting, considering his status as the nation’s number three citizen.