At Instance of Prosecution Counsel, Saraki’s Trial at CCT Continues Jan. 17

The trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, resumed Wednesday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Abuja, over false assets declaration.
The nation’s number three citizen is facing 16 counts of false asset declaration brought against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
At the resumed hearing, the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, prayed the court that the matter be allowed to continue daily.
He also asked the Tribunal to adjourn the trial to next week to allow him time call his next witness.
He explained that some of the witnesses were outside Abuja and would require some time to arrive‎ .
He also asked the Tribunal to deliver a ruling that the trial would continue from next week on a day-to-day basis.
Delivering his ruling on the application, Chairman of the Tribunal Danladi Umar adjourned the case to next week to allow the witnesses arrive Abuja, but added that the request for a day-to-day trial could not be granted.
“I’m‎ going to adjourn this matter to next week, but it cannot go on from day to day. We have other cases,” he said.
The case was adjourned till January 17.
Earlier, Kanu Agabi, counsel to Senate President , has appealed to the Chairman to end the trial.
Welcoming counsels for the prosecution and the defence to the Tribunal, Umar had said he hoped that this year’s proceedings would be rancour free.
He also said he‎ believed everyone was happy to be back at the Tribunal.
‎But Agabi quickly rose to say the defence was not happy to be at the Tribunal.
“Our prayer this year is that you free us from all these. We are not happy to be here,” he said.
“It is my fervent prayer that this matter will end in peace”, Agabi said.

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