The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, yesterday, slated May 31 to hear an appeal the Senate President, Dr. Bulola Saraki lodged against his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Saraki is challenging the jurisdiction of the Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal to try him on the 16-count criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against him.
The charge borders on his alleged false/anticipatory declaration of assets, money laundering, operation of foreign accounts while in office as the governor of Kwara State and allegation that he collected salaries as a governor, four years after his tenure had elapsed.
Saraki, through his team of lawyers, led by a former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN, is praying the appellate court to set aside a ruling the tribunal delivered against him on March 24, reports Vanguard.
Meanwhile, the Senate President returned to the courtroom Tuesday morning for continuation of his trial which was adjourned from last Wednesday to give both the prosecution and defence teams time to “rest”.
According to Premium Times, the hearing proper commenced 11:42 am with the cross-examination of prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas.
They continue from last week’s argument over the property at 15, MacDonald Road, Ikoyi. Which allegedly belongs to Saraki. (Read more here.)
The Rotimi Jacobs-led prosecution team argues that the trial cannot last forever. According to him, the derfence team is deliberately wasting crucial time as part of its tactics too stall the trial.
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