False Asset declaration: Saraki goes to CCT with 80 lawyers

Posted by News Express | 18 March 2016 | 3,293 times

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal has fixed March 24 for ruling on a motion by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the charges of false assets declaration preferred against him.

The Danladi Umar-led tribunal fixed the date for ruling after entertaining arguments for and against the motion.

Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), argued that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain the charges, on among other grounds, that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice lacked the powers to file charges before the tribunal.

He also argued that the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite Saraki to confront him with the breaches in his assets declaration form was fatal to the validity of the charges.

But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the tribunal to dismiss the motion, as same constituted an abuse of court process.

He described the motion as absurd and ridiculous on the basis that Saraki had initially in a similar motion argued up to the Supreme Court level, contended that the charges were incompetent for being filed at a time the office of the AGF was vacant.

The Supreme Court in its judgment on Saraki’s earlier objection to the trial affirmed the validity of the charges and the jurisdiction of the tribunal.

Senate President Bukola Saraki and other senators on Friday arrived the court room of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) with a total of eighty lawyers in his defence team.

Senator Bukola, on arrival, went to greet members of his legal team led by Kanu Agabi (SAN).

Speaking with journalists, Agabi said: “We shall win as there are 80 of us on this side,” then he started announcing the names of the other lawyers with him. (TVC)

•Photo shows Saraki’s lead counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN).

Source: News Express

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