Alleged False Assets Declaration: Tribunal Orders Day-To-Day Trial Of Senate President Saraki

Bukola-SarakiThe trial of embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Abuja, is to henceforth, be on a day-to-day basis, Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, ordered on Monday.
Mr. Saraki is standing trial on 13-count criminal charge bordering on alleged corruption and false assets declaration.
Justice Umar, who made the order at the resumption of hearing on the matter, based the decision on provisions of sections 376 and 315 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
“Let me state it here for both the prosecution and the defence that the trial of the defendant shall proceed on a day-to-day basis till the conclusion of this matter and it will begin from 10am to 6pm”, the tribunal chairman held.
He, however, said the tribunal would on each day of the trial, observe recess at 1pm and 4pm.
Meanwhile, the case was stood-down today following the absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, who was said to be handling another matter at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
Consequently, a lawyer that held brief for the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Gabriel Esegina, pleaded with the court to stand down for an hour to enable his principal to personally conduct the trial.
Even though Justice Umar initially rejected the application, he eventually succumbed to pleas from both Esegina and Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.
“My lord I want to beg that you accede to the prosecution’s request for a stand-down. I understand their application even though they never understood mine”, Agabi, a former Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, jokingly added.


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