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.

 

Fight Against Corruption: Government Must Prove Capacity For Fairness – Dogara

Yakubu-Dogara-Speaker-of-house-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives says government institutions involved in the fight against corruption must prove their capacity for fairness, justice and strict adherence to the rule of law.

In his welcome address after lawmakers resumed from their 6-week recess, Honorable Yakubu Dogara commended Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for submitting himself to the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Honorable Dogara, however, cautioned that while he supports government war on corruption, it must be carried out in a way that will not endanger the country’s democracy.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki was docked on September 22 at the Code of Conduct Tribunal after a short argument between the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and the defence counsel, Joseph Daudu (SAN), who was insisting that the day’s sitting was not for the taking pleas.

After Dr. Saraki took the dock, the 13-count charge was read to him and he pleaded not guilty.

The Senate President told the tribunal, in his opening remarks that he is a firm believer in the rule of law.

Dr Saraki had earlier given the assurance of his appearance after protracted arguments between his lawyers and the prosecution counsel over the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting over allegations of false asset declaration.

His spokesman, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, had said in a statement attributed his absence from the tribunal to the legal advice he received from his counsel, that it is not necessary for him to appear before the tribunal at this stage.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had earlier ordered the arrest of the Senate President for failing to appear before the Tribunal to answer charges of alleged false declaration while he served as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2007.

 

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.

Saraki Appeals Code of Conduct Tribunal Ruling

Bukola-Saraki-Nigeria-Senate-PresidentThe Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, has filed an appeal challenging the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, to arrest and produce him before the tribunal on Monday, September 21.

In his ground of appeal, Senator Saraki through his counsel, Joseph Daudu, submitted that the tribunal erred in law and also acted without jurisdiction‎ by assuming jurisdiction over the criminal trial of the appellant at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for a charge which is being challenged at the Federal High Court.

Senator Saraki, in his appeal, stated that as at the time the tribunal overruled the appellant’s application to discharge the order for bench warrant for his arrest by the respondent, there was an order of the Federal High Court which was served on the tribunal.

He further submitted that the appellant filed an application‎ dated September 17, challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to adjudicate on the charge brought before it.

The Senate President also submitted that it was trite that when an accused files an application challenging the jurisdiction of a court/tribunal to adjudicate on a charge brought before it, the accused need not be in court.

The appellant therefore asked the Court of Appeal to set aside the order of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The Code of Conduct Tribunal had earlier ordered the arrest of the Senate President for failing to appear before the Tribunal to answer charges of alleged false declaration while he served as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2007.

Delivering a ruling on the suit filed by the Code of Conduct Bureau, Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar ordered the Inspector-General of Police to produce the Senate President on Monday, September 21, which is the next adjourned date.

The Tribunal held that no court of coordinate jurisdiction can restrain the Tribunal from performing its constitutional duties.