A Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday dismissed another suit filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the legality of his trial at the Court of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) over alleged false declaration of his assets.
Delivering judgment on the case, Justice Ibrahim Baba held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to hear the application.
The Street Journal reports that the suit filed before the Federal High Court in Lagos is the fourth court that the embattled Senate President had approached seeking to quash his trial before the tribunal over the alleged offence without success.
It would be recalled Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had earlier withdrawn from the suit, citing a news story which impugned on his integrity, while the Court of Appeal, Abuja, also dismissed Saraki’s suit seeking to quash his trial last month.
The Senate President, again, approached the Supreme Court seeking to upturn the Court of Appeal’s decision and declare that the tribunal cannot continue with the case against him.
Saraki is standing trial on a 13-count charge bordering on alleged corruption and false declaration of assets dating back to when he served as Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.
At Thursday’s trial before the tribunal, the Senate President’s lawyers comprising three Senior Advocates, which included Mahmud Magaji and Ahmed Raji, leading over one hundred other lawyers, walked out on the two-man tribunal sitting, citing bias by the tribunal against their client.