Saraki Court refuses to stop Senate President’s CCT trial

The latest judgment was given on Thursday, November 27, by Justice Abdul Aboki of the Appeal Court.

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on March 24, 2016.

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The Court of Appeal has again refused to stop the corruption trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The latest judgment was given on Thursday, November 27, by Justice Abdul Aboki in agreement with four other members of the panel examining the case.

Justice Aboki, in his ruling, held that the Attorney-General of the Federation had the power to institute charges against Saraki before the CCT, despite the Senate President’s argument otherwise.

The court also ruled that the CCT was not under any obligation to inform Saraki of the case against him before trying him and that his argument that the charges were filed 13‎ years after the offence was immaterial.

The Court of Appeal had, in 2015, made a similar judgment refusing to stop Saraki’s trial.

This ruling was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 2016.

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Meanwhile, the Senate is moving forward with plans to amend the CCT Act despite criticisms that the move is being made to favour Saraki.

 

The lawmakers are seeking to ensure that the CCT gets its powers from the National Assembly and not the president as currently provided.

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