The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has said that it has deferred till September further hearing on all the cases pending before it.
This was disclosed in a statement, Tuesday, by the CCT Head, Press & Public Relations Department, Ibraheem Al-Hassan.
He said CCT has adjourned all sittings scheduled for this week and those to come within July and August, till the end of recess by the Tribunal’s Judges soon.
According to the statement, “The decision was taken due to the ongoing Roundtable Discussion involving CCT and other critical stakeholders within and outside the country, to develop the Code of Ethics and Practice Directions for the Code of Conduct Tribunal to ensure fair and speedy trials, sponsored by European Union (EU) and implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC)”
The statement added that Justice Umar assured litigants currently having cases before the court, that they would be given new dates at the end of the vacation in September.
He said the new dates would be communicated to those whose cases are pending before the Tribunal. “The Tribunal regrets the pains caused by the sudden change”, it said.
Recall, the Senate President Bukola Saraki is facing a 16-count criminal charge the Federal Government slammed against him at the Tribunal over false assets declaration matter.
The Tribunal had at the last sitting fixed Wednesday, July 13, to deliver ruling on a fresh application seeking to disqualify its Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, from presiding over Saraki’s trial.
The tribunal had on June 22, adjourned to rule on Saraki’s fresh bid to disqualify Justice Umar from presiding over his trial.