Appeal Court reserves judgement on Saraki’s application against CCT

Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Senate President, Bukola Saraki

The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, on Thursday reserved judgement on applications brought by parties in the case of alleged false declaration of assets against Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Mr. Saraki had approached the court to challenge the March 24 judgement of the Code of Conduct Tribunal which ruled that charges against him were valid and well within the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

The tribunal’s judgement followed an application by Mr. Saraki’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, that the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite his client for confirmation or denial of the charges against him (Mr. Saraki) made the allegations null and void.

While making the application on March 4, Mr. Agabi had said that the CCB and CCT Act provides that allegations like those brought against his client must first be confirmed before a valid charge can be made.

In its judgement on March 24 however, the Tribunal, chaired by Danladi Umar, dismissed the application, for lacking in merit.

Mr. Saraki then approached the Appeal Court to challenge the trial, alleging that his fundamental rights to fair hearing had being breached.

In its reaction, the Federal Government, through its counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, also made a counter application before the court of appeal, describing Mr. Saraki’s request as an abuse of court process.

Mr. Jacobs told the court that most of the arguments alluded to in the recent application were determined by the Supreme Court in its February 5 ruling, which forced Mr. Saraki to return to the tribunal and continue his hearing.

The case had being adjourned in July till October 6 for hearing, following the vacation of the Judiciary.

After listening to parties in the matter, the five-member panel, led by Justice Abdu Aboki, adjourned the case to a date to be communicated later.


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  • Law Telescope

    is just clutching at straws. He cannot avoid the statutorily
    prescribed penalty for fraudulence, especially because the penalty is prescribed
    by the 1999 Constitution rather than by an Act of the National Assembly. No
    court can override the 1999 Constitution. Bukola Saraki’s ploy is to hang onto
    the post of Senate President until 2019 and enjoy all the benefits of office,
    howsoever illegally obtained in violation of the Constitution.

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal
    is the only barrier between Bukola Saraki and his unlawful
    gambit. The Tribunal has not lived up to expectation of late. The Tribunal
    Chairman adjourned for three months, then resumed two days ago, delivered a
    ten-minute ruling refusing to recuse himself, and again, adjourned inexplicably
    until the 26th of October. For this consecutively long adjournment
    the Code of Conduct Tribunal may not be forgiven if it delusively expects to be
    taken seriously.

    • Conlawxpat

      Editor Premium Times,

      Bukola Saraki and Ben Efeture are in soup

      All said and done, under no rule of constitutional law is Ben Efeture – as a civil servant and as Clerk of Senate –
      authorized by law to alter, change or amend Senate Standing Rules, or, and to enact those Rules so altered
      as binding on all elected Senators of Nigeria’s National Assembly.

      The Standing Orders of parliament – otherwise called Standing Rules of Senate in Nigeria – NEVER lapse at
      the end of a legislative session but continue to apply in perpetuity unless altered by legislators themselves at a
      session called for that purpose, preceded by debates on proposed amendments to be adopted or rejected by a plurality of votes.

      No such session was held on the 5th of June 2015; and no proposed amendment of STANDING RULES was
      ever tabled for a voted motion. In effect, the Senate Standing Rules used for Bukola Saraki’s election as
      Senate President on the 5th June 2015 was a forgery of the extant Standing Rules it purported to be.

    • Man_Enough

      they are delaying the agony. merely hiring 80 lawyers shows that he is guilty as charged.

      • a. l. okoh


        No honest person should need 80 lawyers for a court case – not even for treason or murder.

        But if a defendant reportedly stashed away 60 million dollars in Panama whilst in public service,

        such a defendant could begin to smell to himself like a criminal awaiting jailing; and, start to panic.

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