The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), sitting in Abuja has ordered a day-to-day hearing on the 13-count criminal charge pending against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, reports Vanguard.
Justice Danladi Umar who made the order shortly before he stood down the matter for hearing by 12noon today, based the decision on provisions of sections 376 and 315 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, 2015.
“Let me state it here for both the prosecution and the defence that the trial of the defendant shall proceed on a day-to-day basis till the conclusion of this matter and it will begin from 10am to 6pm”, Justice Umar held.
However, the Judge said the court would on each day of the trial, go on break at 1pm and 4pm.
However, the trial was stood down till in the afternoon by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday owing to the absence of the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacob (SAN).
Justice Umar Danladi said the decision was to allow Jacob, the lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) attend to the case.
The order was sequel to an announcement by a junior counsel in the EFCC legal team, Mr Gaabriel Ezegine that his principal was attending to another case at the Court of Appeal.
Consequently, a lawyer that held brief for Jacobs, Mr. Gabriel Esegina, begged the court for an hour stand-down to enable his principal to personally conduct the trial. Even though the CCT Chairman initially rejected the application, he eventually succumbed to pressure from both Esegina and Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.
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