Asset Declaration: Saraki’s Trial Resumes Tomorrow

The trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, will be conducted on a-day-to-day basis as from tomorrow, the chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Yakubu Umar, has ordered.
Saraki, a two-term former governor of Kwara State, is facing trial over alleged falsification of assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

It was alleged that Saraki illegally acquired many properties while in office but failed to declare them in the CCB’s forms earlier filed and submitted to the relevant authorities.
It was also alleged that Saraki made anticipatory declaration of assets upon his assumption of office as governor.
It was further alleged that Saraki sent money abroad for the purchase of properties in London and maintained accounts outside Nigeria while serving as governor between 2003 and May 2011.
Based on these alleged violations of the Code of Conduct for public officers, the CCB initiated a criminal proceeding against Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT ). However, Saraki has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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Conduct Tribunal Suspends Saraki’s Trial As Ordered By Supreme Court

The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has been suspended, following an order of the Supreme Court suspending trial pending the determination of his appeal.

Mr. Saraki was billed to appear at the tribunal today for the continuation of hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Public Relations Officer of the tribunal, Ibraheem Alhassan, made the disclosure in Abuja on Monday.

Mr. Alhassan said the decision to suspend hearing was to show due respect to the apex court’s directive for stay of proceedings.

“The case was slated for hearing on Nov. 23, but as a mark of respect for the apex court, the tribunal decided to tarry a while pending the determination of Saraki’s appeal challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him,” he said.

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Code Of Conduct Tribunal Adjourns Saraki’s Trial Till November 19

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned till November 19 the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki on charges leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

However, all lawyers representing the Senate President in the case have withdrawn from the case.

Their withdrawal follows the ruling of the tribunal to continue trial, a decision which the lawyers describe as ” judicial rascality.

The Tribunal had based its ruling on the strength of Section 305 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act which says that a trial can be concluded and ruling reserved until all questions about the trial are answered.

Dr. Saraki then asked for a month to reconstitute his defence.

However, lawyer to the federal government kicked against it saying that it is another way for the Senate President to “get what he wants”.

The tribunal however ruled that it will give the Senate President one week to reconstitute his legal team.

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Reps Probe Saraki’s Trial

 House of Representatives yesterday, covertly backed the embattled President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki by calling for a probe of his per­jury trial. The House also called for the protection of principal officers of the National Assembly against external attacks.

Minority Leader of the House, Leo Ogor, in an amendment to an earlier motion on Indepen­dence Day celebration, moved by Raphael Nnan­na Igbokwe, proposed that the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, should embark on a fact-finding mission to ascertain what led to the travails of the Senate president.

He urged the Speaker to report back to the House after which a formal position would be taken by members.

Ogor, who noted that in a civilian dispensation, the legislature is the foundation of democracy, urged members to protect the legislative arm and fence off any external influence.

He stressed that the onus was on them to protect the legislature and make it truly independent.

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Judge Pulls Out Of Saraki’s Trial, Wants Case Reassigned

A High Court judge who granted an order that appeared to halt the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over alleged corruption, has stood down from the case.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court excused himself from the case on Wednesday, and transferred the matter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, for reassigning, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

He said he took the decision due to “negative reports”, NAN reported.

Mr. Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of alleged corruption and false declaration of assets before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

He denies wrongdoing and says the case was instigated by those angry he became the Senate president.

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Why We Won’t Talk On Ministerial List, Saraki’s Trial- APC

As President Muhammadu Buhari’s much-awaited ministerial list is being expected any moment from now, his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has maintained a sealed lip regarding its inputs even as it insisted that it will not comment on the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki.

The position of the party was announced by the APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, while addressing journalists shortly after an emergency meeting of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) at its national headquarters in Abuja, yesterday.

When asked to explain the party’s contributions to the list of ministers, Oyegun said: “We know that the president will do what he needs to do. What happen or did not happen between us and the President is a matter for the party as a family. It is a family affair, but he will do what he needs to do, when he needs to do it. You can trust him on that.”

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