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Assets Declaration: Code of Conduct Tribunal Fixes Nov 5 For Saraki’s Trial


The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday in Abuja adjourned the trial of Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to November 5 and 6.

The Senate President was arraigned on a 13-count criminal charge bordering on false declaration of assets when he served as Kwara State Governor, preferred against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

The tribunal chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, in a short ruling at Wednesday’s sitting of the tribunal adjourned the trial following the pending judgment of the appeal court‎ on the case.

Saraki had challenged the legality of his trial before the tribunal at the Court of Appeal, which on Monday adjourned judgment on the appeal sine die (indefinitely).

“The accused is hereby ordered to go and relax for now; The case is adjourned to November 5 and 6,’’ Umar said.

Earlier, Mr Mahmud Magaji, SAN, Sarakis’s counsel, had urged the tribunal to adjourn the trial sine die, owing to the pendency of the ruling of the Court of Appeal, which adjourned judgment sine die.

However‎, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, the prosecuting counsel, urged the tribunal not to adjourn the suit indefinitely, but to a later date, out of respect for the Court of Appeal.

The Senate President was accompanied by his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, many Senators and his political allies to the Jabi venue of the sitting of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

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