False Asset declaration: Saraki goes to CCT with 80 lawyers

TVC E, POLITICS - The Code of Conduct Tribunal has fixed March 24 for ruling on a motion by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the charges of false assets declaration preferred against him. The Danladi Umar-led tribunal fixed the date for ruling after entertaining arguments for and against the motion. Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), argued that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain the charges, on among other grounds, that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice lacked the powers to file charges before the tribunal.  He also argued that the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite Saraki to confront him with the breaches in his assets declaration form was fatal to the validity of the charges. But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the tribunal to dismiss the motion, as same constituted an abuse of court process. He described the motion as...

CCT: Saraki prevents commencement of trial

TVC E, POLITICS - The much anticipated case involving Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Code of Conduct Bureau at the Code of Conduct Tribunal was stalled Friday by a new motion he filed challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction. Saraki was arraigned before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) last year on a 13-count charge of alleged false declaration of assets. After the Supreme Court’s decision on February 5 this year, dismissing Saraki’s appeal, the tribunal fixed March 10 for the commencement of trial. Saraki’s new lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN) later sought a shift in the date, prompting the tribunal to fix Friday for trial. New Motion  When parties arrived the tribunal Friday, prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) told the tribunal that his client was ready for the commencement of trial, and that his witnesses were in court. Responding, Agabi informed the court about a fresh motion he filed, challenging the tribunal’s jurisdiction. He said the motion was served...