Thursday, 12 November 2015

Breaking News: Supreme Court Stays Bukola Saraki's Trial At CCT

Supreme Court Stays Bukola Saraki's Trial At CCT...

The Supreme Court has suspended the trial of Senate president, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The ruling to stay the Senate president’s assets falsification and corruption trial, was made on Thursday, November 12.

A message from Saraki’s media aide, Bamikole Omishore reads: “Supreme Court Stays CCT proceedings in Saraki Case.”

According to Leadership, the federal government gave an undertaking to the Supreme Court not to proceed with the criminal case against Senator Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Mr Rotimi Jacob (SAN), counsel to the federal government gave the undertaking after the apex court agreed to suspend the trial.

Daily Post reports that a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court ‎led by Justice John Fabiyi, in its ruling directed the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal to suspend the trial.

This is to enable the apex-court entertain and determine the substantive appeal that Saraki lodged before it.

In their ruling, the panel of Justices said: “It is imperative to state that all the parties, including the Code of Conduct Tribunal, should tarry a while to enable this court to determine the appeal before it.”

Justice Fabiyi said: “In effect, further proceeding at the CCT should be stayed pending the hearing of the appeal. Hearing date will be communicated to all the parties.”

Saraki is facing a 13-count corruption charges, filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau. He denies the allegation of false asset declaration and graft.

It would be recalled that the Federal High Court in Lagos had dismissed the Senate president’s appeal to stop his trial at the CCT.

Justice Ibrahim Baba, in his ruling, held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the application.

In the same vein, an appeal court in Abuja dismissed a similar petition, and it was after this that Saraki’s advocates made a plea to the supreme court, declaring with cited technicalities why the CCT cannot continue with the case.