CCT Chair Says Tribunal Was Under Influence To Convict Tinubu

CCT ChairmanThe Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr Danladi Umar, made a stunning revelation on Tuesday, saying the Tribunal was under influence to convict a former Lagos State Governor and leader of the All  Progressive Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, when he appeared before it some six years ago.

In comments made to emphasise the Tribunal’s commitment to ensuring justice in the trial of the Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Mr Umar tried to allay the fears of prejudice raised by counsel to the accused.

“During Bola Tinubu’s case we were under influence to convict him but we did the right thing,” he told the Tribunal.

Mr Umar did not say who influenced the Tribunal at that time.

Feared Prejudice

Senator Tinubu was charged before the CCT and discharged in 2011 during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

Raising an issue that had earlier been brought before the Tribunal, Mr Agabi said that he feared prejudice.

“I want to assure you that there is nothing that we have done here to distort the records of the court.

“Are you surprised that those who come before you are afraid?

“People come here and they are ruled by fear of prejudice. Prejudice ought not to have a place at this court but we are afraid,” he stressed.

Mr Agabi, however, pointed out that he had not accused the Tribunal of prejudice.

The Chairman of the Tribunal allaying the defence counsel’s fears, further pledged to be fair in the hearing and to ensure justice.

“I swear by the Almighty Allah to do justice.

“On our part, the insinuations that we are being influenced to see the conviction of the accused is false,” he further stated.

Responding to the Tribunal Chairman’s statement, Mr Agabi said he agreed that all the persons in the case would account to God and stressed that “they should all be worried by that fact”.

Before proceedings began, Mr Umar insisted that only the lead counsel of the defendant would cross-examine the witness, saying it would help ensure a tidy process.

Saraki’s Trial: Defence Counsel Drills Prosecution Witness, Michael Wetkas

Saraki, Michael WetkasThe trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki over alleged false declaration of assets at the CCT continued on Tuesday with the cross examination of prosecution witness, Mr Michael Wetkas, by the defence.

This was after the tribunal Chairman ruled in favour of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki that the defence have a right to conduct their defence in the manner it suits them and the tribunal is bound to allow the defence use every legal instrument at its disposal to conduct its case.

The prosecutor urged the tribunal to compel the defence to stick to only one counsel rather than “change counsels every day” to make the trial tidy.

However, counsel to Dr. Saraki, Mr Paul Usoro says that argument of the prosecutor was absurd in law because the defence, having announced all of his counsels is entitled to use any of them for the justice of the case.

The tribunal asked the prosecution to be patient and allow the defence defend its client to its best but noted that the tribunal can draw their attention if they go out of the bounds of the law.

During cross-examination, one of the defence counsels, Mr Paul Ilokoro, asked the witness if he had ever seen the original copy of the exhibits he presented before the tribunal.

The witness, who led the EFCC team of investigators who worked on Mr. Saraki’s assets declaration forms, Mr Michael Wetkas said that the documents were with the CCB and that he was only furnished with other copies.

“At a point we were asked to work with officials of the CCB.  In the course of our investigations, there is no how you will investigate economic and financial crime that assets will not be involved.

“So normally in the course of our investigations, we asked persons under investigation to fill assets declaration forms provided by the Commission itself.

Mr Micheal Wetkas then added that this is so almost in all cases and that in the instant case, the asset declaration form he tendered was the one provided by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

When asked if he had seen the original copy of the asset declaring form he tendered, he said he had always worked with the certified true copy given to him by the investigating team members from CCB.

However, when asked again if he had ever sighted the original, he said that he had seen it during investigation and when asked why the original were furnished to team and not the court, he said that he did not demand for it and he only used it for sighting.

He further said that the certified true copy serves the same purpose as the original.

When asked if in the course of investigation whether there were several original or just one, he said that the normal thing is to have just one original of a document.

The defence counsel then recalled a claim made by the prosecution witness that Dr. Saraki had 1.5 billion Naira in his account shortly before he became Kwara State Governor in 2003 and demanded for a recalculation of the figures as stated in Appendix 7A of Exhibit 1.

But the prosecution counsel objected that the recalculation was unnecessary since Mr Wetkas was the same person who presented those figures in the first place.

The defence counsel, Mr. Ilokoro, responded, “My lord, as you can see, the documents were dumped for the press in order to scandalise my client. It is obvious they have no coherent figures to prove false assets declaration.”

When probed further, Mr Wetkas also confirmed to the defence counsel that the stamp used to confirm the completion of assets verification documents after their investigation did not carry a date.

When asked if his evidence was intended for the tribunal to see the defendant as someone who was not a man of means, Mr Wetkas answered in the negative.

 

Alleged False Declaration Of Assets: Saraki’s Trial Continues

Saraki, Senate President, CCTThe trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Abubakar Saraki, over alleged false assets declaration has continued at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The Chairman of the tribunal and the other members arrived while the Senate President in company of some lawmakers and well-wishers were already seated.

At the commencement of trial, the prosecutor urged the tribunal to compel the defence to stick to only one counsel rather than “change counsels every day” to make the trial tidy.

However, one of the counsels to Dr. Saraki, Mr Paul Ilokoro said that the argument of the prosecutor was absurd in law because the defence, having announced all of his counsels, is entitled to use any of them for the justice of the case.

He concluded by saying that the request of the prosecutor was only to waste the time of the court but the prosecutor insisted that only one person can cross-examine the witness.

However, reading Section 36 Subsection 6 of the constitution, the counsel to Saraki pointed out that the law enables the defendant to defend himself with legal practitioners.

In his ruling, the Chairman of the tribunal said that the position of the Defence was right.

Justice Umar ruled that the defence has a right to conduct its defence in the manner it suits it and the tribunal is bound to allow the defence use every legal instrument at its disposal to conduct its case.

However, the tribunal can draw their attention if they go out of the bounds of the law.

He asked the prosecution to be patient and allow the defence defend its client to its best.

At the last hearing on Thursday April 28, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar had ruled and accepted an amended 16-count charge filed by the prosecution against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

This prompted counsel to the Senate President to take a fresh plea on the charges being raised. Dr. Bukola Saraki then pleaded not guilty to the amended 16-count charges of alleged false declaration of asset filed against him.

The former charge was filed on October 18, 2015 and Prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, asked the court to accept the new charges, dated April 27, 2016 as the case against the Senate President.

The Senate President was first charged in September 2015 for alleged false and anticipatory declaration of assets.

Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, had earlier in the day also dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking Umar’s withdrawal from his trial, holding that the application lacked merit.

Saraki Pleads Not Guilty To Amended Charges

Senate PresidentThe senate president, doctor Bukola saraki has pleaded not guilty to an Amended sixteen count charges of alleged false declaration of asset filed against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The amended charges, which are coming more than 7 months after the commencement of his trial, replaces the thirteen count charge initially preferred against him.

Three of the charges among other things, accused the Senate President of failing to declare ownership of an American Express card account.

The two charges read, “That you on or about September 16, 2013 within the jurisdiction of this honorable tribunal did make a false declaration in the asset declaration form for public officers which you filled and submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau upon assumption of office as the Governor of kwara State in the year 2003 by your failure to declare your leasehold interest in number 42, Remi Fani-kayode street, Ikeja, Lagos, which you acquired through your company, Skyview Properties Limited from first Finance Trust Limited on December 12, 1996 and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1)(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. CAP. C15, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and as incorporated under paragraph 11(1) (2), I fifth schedule to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and punishable under section 23(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act as incorporated under paragraph 18, Part I of the fifth schedule to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”, it read

“That you between June 2011 and October 2013, within the jurisdiction of this honorable tribunal, did receive monthly salaries or emoluments as governor of kwara state and at the same time, from the federal government as a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 6(a) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act. CAP. C15, laws of the federation of Nigeria, 2004 and as incorporated under paragraph 2(a), Part I of the, fifth schedule to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and punishable under section 23(2) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and tribunal act as incorporated under paragraph 18, Part I of the fifth schedule to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, ruled and accepted an amended the 16-count charge filed by the prosecution against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki despite objection from the defence counsel.

This came up just after the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking Umar’s withdrawal from his trial, holding that the application lacks absolute merit.

Cross examination of prosecution witness, Mr Micheal Wetkas, by the defence counsel was about to begin when the prosecution asked to withdraw the former charge against the Senate President and requested the leave of the court to enable him read the amended charges to the Senate President.

The former charge was filed on October 18, 2015 and Mr Jacobs asked the court to accept the new charges, dated April 27, 2016 as the case against the Senate President.

According to him, the fresh charges are necessitated by the evidence to be given and the facts in them.

Responding to the application, counsel to Dr. Saraki, Mr Paul Usoro, said that relying on Section 216, sub section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the business of amending a charge is at the discretion of the tribunal.

“The point we make is that the discretion can only be exercised based on facts before the tribunal and there is no such application before the tribunal.

“So it should be filed and we can reply to it, particularly since we are cross examining based on each of the counts and we should also be given an opportunity to react,” he said.

He further said that an amendment is not a matter of force, but at the discretion of the court.

He argued further that the position of the prosecution that the fresh charges are necessitated by facts raised in its witness’ testimony needs to be proven as it cannot just be announced from bar or orally.

He noted that he was not opposed to the withdrawal of the first charges filed but has “a problem with the one he is applying to replace it with”.

“For us to be able to say yes or no we need the particulars that show the facts.”

The prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, in his response, said that the only issue to determine is whether Section 216 requires a formal application before the prosecution can amend its charges.

He submitted that there is no provision for that requirement but instead it says whenever the prosecution wants to amend at any time before judgment, he should do so and draw the attention of the court to it but ensure that it is read out to the understanding of the accused.

This he said is according to Section 163 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Ruling, the Chairman of the tribunal agreed with the prosecution that there is no condition precedent for the charge to be amended.

He held that it is automatic and straightforward, therefore the prosecution needs not give any reason provided it is done before judgment.

CCT Accepts Amended 16 Count Charge Against Saraki

SarakiThe Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar has ruled and accepted an amended 16 count charge filed by the prosecution against the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

This prompted counsel to the Senate President to take a fresh plea on the charges being raised.

The trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, for alleged  false asset declaration, continued on Thursday with the prosecution asking to replace the former charge against the Senate President with new charges.

This came up just after the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking Umar’s withdrawal from his trial, holding that the application lacks absolute merit.

Cross examination of prosecution witness, Mr Micheal Wetkas, by the defence counsel was about to begin when the prosecution asked to withdraw the former charge against the Senate President and requested the leave of the court to enable him read the amended charges to the Senate President.

The former charge was filed on October 18, 2015 and Mr Jacobs asked the court to accept the new charges, dated April 27, 2016 as the case against the Senate President.

According to him, the fresh charges are necessitated by the evidence to be given and the facts in them.

Responding to the application, counsel to Dr. Saraki, Mr Paul Usoro, said that relying on Section 216, sub section 1 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the business of amending a charge is at the discretion of the tribunal.

“The point we make is that the discretion can only be exercised based on facts before the tribunal and there is no such application before the tribunal.

“So it should be filed and we can reply to it, particularly since we are cross examining based on each of the counts and we should also be given an opportunity to react,” he said.

He further said that an amendment is not a matter of force, but at the discretion of the court.

He argued further that the position of the prosecution that the fresh charges are necessitated by facts raised in its witness’ testimony needs to be proven as it cannot just be announced from bar or orally.

He noted that he was not opposed to the withdrawal of the first charges filed but has “a problem with the one he is applying to replace it with”.

“For us to be able to say yes or no we need the particulars that show the facts.”

The prosecution counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, in his response, said that the only issue to determine is whether Section 216 requires a formal application before the prosecution can amend its charges.

He submitted that there is no provision for that requirement but instead it says whenever the prosecution wants to amend at any time before judgment, he should do so and draw the attention of the court to it but ensure that it is read out to the understanding of the accused.

This he said is according to Section 163 of the Criminal Procedure Act.

Ruling, the Chairman of the tribunal agreed with the prosecution that there is no condition precedent for the charge to be amended.

He held that it is automatic and straightforward, therefore the prosecution needs not give any reason provided it is done before judgment.

In the meantime, the cross examination of prosecution witness, Mr Micheal Wetkas, has begun and according to the defence counsel that will be on count one.

Saraki’s Trial: CCT Chairman Dismisses Application Seeking His Disqualification

CCT ChairmanThe Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking his withdrawal from Saraki’s trial at the tribunal, holding that the application lacks merit.

In his ruling, Justice Danladi Umar said that the Attorney-General of the Federation has no powers to investigate any person. It is only the security and law enforcement agencies that have that power and it is only when they have concluded their investigation that the Attorney-General can prosecute.

Justice Umar said that in the instant case, the EFCC which carried out the investigation of the Chairman of the CCT has come out to say that it has no case against the Chairman.

The letter referred to by the defence was an interim report which was made to the Attorney-General in 2014 and that a further correspondence by the anti-graft agency indicated clearly that the Chairman has been cleared because there was no sufficient evidence against him.

He also said that the EFCC is not answerable to the Attorney-General in the cause of performing its constitutional duty as the position by the defence that only the Attorney-General can clear the CCT Chairman is misconceived.

He explained that only the EFCC which investigated the Chairman can clear him, and this they have done.

Finally, he added that it is to be noted that the letter of June 2015 supersedes that of March 5, 2014.

Therefore, the “tribunal holds that the application lacks absolute merit and is hereby dismissed in its entirety”.

The Application

The Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, had fixed Thursday, April 28 for ruling on the Senate President’s application and then continuation of the cross examination.

This was after the counsel to the Senate President, Mr Raphael Oluyede, on Wednesday told the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, that he lacked moral justification to preside over his client’s trial on an allegation of false declaration of asset.

He requested that he should disqualify himself from his trial.

SarakiMr Oluyede, during the hearing, insisted that Mr Danladi was still under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the same agency that allegedly filed the criminal charges against him.

He alleged that it was obvious that the said investigation was used as a bait by the EFCC to get Mr Danladi to do its bidding.

He, therefore, asked the Chairman to excuse himself from the case, in the interest of justice and fair hearing.

Objecting the motion, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, asked the Tribunal to dismiss the motion, claiming it lacked merit.

He accused the Senate President of harassment, citing a bill before the Senate attempting to amend the Act that established the CCT and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Mr Jacobs also described the issues raised in the motion as matters of sentiment which had no place in law.

He also accused the Senate President and his team of predicating the motion on the wrong assumption that the EFCC was the one trying the Senate President when it was the Federal Government.

To this end, he asked that the motion be discountenanced.

Saraki Asks Tribunal Chairman To Disqualify Self From His Trial

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-President-in-NigeriaNigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday told the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, that he lacked moral justification to preside over his trial on an allegation of false declaration of asset.

He requested that he should disqualify himself from his trial.

The counsel to the Senate President, Mr Raphael Oluyede, during the hearing insisted that Mr Danladi was still under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the same agency that allegedly filed the criminal charges against him

He alleged that it was obvious that the said investigation was used as a bait by the EFCC to get Mr Danladi to do its bidding.

He, therefore, asked the chairman to excuse himself from the case, in the interest of justice and fair hearing.

In a motion argued by Mr Oluyede, the Senate President claimed that since the EFCC was largely responsible for the trial and also responsible for investigation of the 10 million Naira bribery allegations against the chairman, there was no way the chairman would be objective and impartial in the prosecution.

“Since the sword of Damascus is dangling in the direction of the chairman of the Tribunal, he may be tempted to dance to the tune of the anti-graft agency,” he told the Tribunal.

Matters Of Sentiment

Dr Saraki’s counsel further insisted that available facts had proved that the EFCC had a case against the Chairman of the Tribunal, as buttressed in its letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on March 5, 2015 and also on April 20, 2016.

Reading the letter, he said was written by the EFCC, in which it had cleared the chairman, he pointed out that the EFCC accused the chairman of meeting a witness in his chambers but said that the evidence was not sufficient enough to prosecute him at the moment, but also stated that investigation was ongoing.

He told the Tribunal that the letter was written on March 15, insisting that the claim that he was under investigation made it obvious that the chairman was not fit to try the case.

“Their claims that they have not subjected his call log to scientific investigation shows he still has a case to answer.

“There cannot be justice. If a prosecutor is prosecuting a case before a man he is still investigating,” he stressed.

According to him, the letter is a prove that the chairman has a case to answer.

he also presented another letter, which was a response by the prosecution and dated April 20, 2016 more than seven months after the trial of his client had begun.

The letter on one hand said the chairman admitted to asking for bribe and actually met with an accused person in his office.

“For the EFCC to make such a statement it is obvious that it is used as a bait to make the chairman do its bidding.”

This he said “offends the provisions of section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution which gives his client right to fair hearing” and submitted that the continuous presence of the chairman on the panel removed the guarantee that the Tribunal would act independently.

He, therefore, asked the Chairman of the Tribunal to withdraw honourably from further participating in the Senate President’s trial in the interest of justice.

Objecting the motion, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, asked the Tribunal to dismiss the motion, claiming it lacked merit.

He accused the Senate President of harassment, citing a bill before the Senate attempting to amend the Act that established the CCT and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

“The bill before the Senate is designed to whittle down the powers of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, as a result of the Senate President’s trial,” he stated.

Mr Jacobs also describe the issues raised in the motion as matters of sentiment which had no place in law.

He also accused the Senate President and his team of predicating the motion on the wrong assumption that the EFCC was the one trying the Senate President when it was the Federal Government to this end he asked that the motion be discountenanced.

After listening to both parties, the Chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, said he would adjourn to April 28 for ruling on the application and then continuation of the cross examination.

He also hinted the Tribunal that discussions were ongoing with major television stations such as Channels Ait and NTA to carry the proceedings live to show that the Tribunal had nothing to hide.

While the counsel to the EFCC told reporters that the application was frivolous and a waste of the time of the Tribunal, the counsel to the Senate President described the statement by the Chairman of the Tribunal as ‘corroborating his client’s stance that he was bias’.

Pro And Anti Saraki Groups Protest At National Assembly

SarakiSupporters and opponents of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday, stormed the National Assembly as lawmakers resumed legislative proceedings for the week.

One group was protesting against the trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

They alleged that President Buhari is witch-hunting the Senate President because he emerged Senate President against the wishes of the party.

However, another group of protesters demanded that the Senate President steps down over allegations of false declaration of assets.

Both groups, armed with placards bearing varying messages marched to the National Assembly demanding that their voices be heard.

The protesters were, however, not allowed to proceed beyond the main gate of the National Assembly.

the protesters have vowed that they will lay siege to the National Assembly for the next three days.

Reacting to the protests, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume described the anti-Saraki protest as a dangerous precedent.

 

 

Saraki Seeks Disqualification Of CCT Chairman In His Trial

Code of conduct tribunal on Saraki trial Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has asked the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, to disqualify himself from the case.

Senator Saraki is accusing Mr Umar of bias, insisting that he could not get justice under his chairmanship.

In a motion he filed against Mr Umar, Saraki asked the chairman to disqualify himself from further participation in his trial on the alleged falsification of asset declaration.

In the motion on notice filed by Senator Saraki on Wednesday, it was contended that the continued presence of Mr Umar on the panel of the Tribunal offended the provisions of Section 36(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The constitutional provision prescribes that “in the determination of his civil rights and obligations, including any question or determination by or against any government or authority, a person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time by a court or other tribunal established by law and constituted in such manner as to secure its independence and impartiality”.

The applicant claimed that with the unfolding events and the ways and manners his trial was being conducted by Mr Umar, there is a likelihood of bias from the chairman and as such he should withdraw himself from further prosecuting him.

The motion on notice was brought pursuant to section 36 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the common law rule on likelihood of bias and the rules of natural justice.

Senator Saraki said that the interest of justice would be served if Mr Umar disqualifies himself from sitting in the panel of the Tribunal to hear and determine the charges being prosecuted against the applicant.

No date has been fixed for hearing of the motion.

Senator Sariki’s trial on alleged false asset declaration was on Monday put on a day-to-day basis by the Tribunal.

On Wednesday the cross examination of the prosecution’s witness continued, with the witnessed asked to go through some of the exhibits he had brought before the court. he had on Tuesday told the court that he did not investigate some of the exhibits.

Corruption Allegation: House Of Reps Receives Petition Against CCT Chairman

Danladi UmarThe House of Representatives has received a petition alleging corruption against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr Danladi Umar.

The CCT Chairman is alleged to have been involved in the misappropriation of funds amounting to millions of Naira, including fictitious contract for the supply of office furniture and fittings in the sum of 11.4 million Naira.

Presenting the petition on behalf of a civil society organisation, Anti-corruption Network, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Representative Shawulu Kwewum, alleged that Mr Umar was to be arrested based on the recommendation of the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke.

According to him, Mr Sdoke had recommended that two persons be arrested and investigated for alleged corruption, but while one Ali Abdullahi was arrested and prosecuted the other person, who is the current chairman of the CCT, was not.

Mr Kwelum insisted that the CCT Chairman be made to face the law in compliance with the recommendations of the former Attorney-General of the Federation.

The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, later directed that the petition be laid before the House, while the Committee on Public Petition should take charge of the matter.

The CCT headed by Mr Umar is trying the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for alleged false declaration of assets during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 has been adjourned till the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October, 2015.

Tribunal Adjourns Trial Of Bukola Saraki Till November 5

Danladi_UmarThe Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar has adjourned till November 5 and 6 the trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The adjournment will enable the tribunal await the judgment of the Appeal Court, where Sen Saraki has challenged the the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him for alleged false declaration of assets.

However, the Court of Appeal had on Monday, October 19 adjourned indefinitely judgement in the suit instituted by Senate President, against the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Registrar of the Court of Appeal, who made the announcement on Monday, gave no reason for the decision.

Saraki also challenged the composition of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which has only two members instead of three, adding that since the tribunal did not sit in compliance with the constitutional provision of three members, his arraignment should be declared invalid.

Sen. Saraki arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal in company of 81 senators, including the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.

 

Code of Conduct Tribunal Renews Saraki’s Arrest Warrant

Saraki-senate presidentThe Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar on Monday issued a fresh arrest warrant on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The order came despite argument by the Counsel to the Senate President, Joseph Daudu, that the Tribunal lacked competence to hear the case, an argument which the prosecuting counsel opposed.

At a resumed hearing, after a short adjournment, Justice Umar re-issued a warrant of arrest on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The Senate President is being tried by the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false declaration of assets.

The Court of Appeal had struck out the application filed by Senator Saraki, seeking to set aside the order for his arrest issued by the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The motion on notice has been adjourned to Tuesday, September 29, 2015, for proof of service and hearing.

However, the Senate President has said that he would appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday, adding that he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his rights are about to be infringed upon.