Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nigeria's Senate President Saraki Loses Again As Trial Judge Rules To Continue His Corruption Trial

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja, has again dismissed the motion filed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki seeking to suspend the hearing on the 16-count criminal charge pending against him before the tribunal. Saraki had renewed his legal onslaught again the tribunal judge, Danladi Umar last June claiming his utterances showed that he'd be biased against him but delivering a blistering ruling on Wednesday the Chairman of the tribunal said that the application seeking the chairman to recuse himself was unfounded and merely a conjecture capable of destroying public confidence in Nigerian judiciary and as well tantamount to unjustly bringing the case to an end. However, Saraki's lawyers insisted that the statement made by the chairman in the course of the proceedings at the tribunal threatened him as it stated that he "must face the full consequences of the charge" even as the tribunal had not concluded the trial. Saraki had deployed delay tactics throughout the course of the trial in an attempt to erode public confidence in the judge. The Federal Government had alleged that Saraki made a false/anticipatory declaration of assets, operated foreign accounts while in office as Kwara State governor between 2003 and 2011, as well as continued to receive his full salary as governor four years after his tenure elapsed. The matter has been adjourned until November 7th and 8th 2016 for the continuation of the trial. Last week, a rogue attorney, Timipa Jenkins filed another lawsuit before a Federal High Court asking the court to stop Saraki's trial at the CCT, but Mr. Saraki's lawyers promptly dissociated himself from his lawsuit claiming Jenkins was not briefed by the Senate President to file any lawsuit on his behalf.
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