The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has ruled that it has jurisdiction in the on-going case of alleged falsification of assets levelled against Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.
According to Channels TV, the Tribunal said it would proceed with the trial in spite of a request for an adjournment by counsel to the Senate President, Mr Paul Usoro.
“We adjourned to today to commence with trial. Even if the defence intends to appeal the judgment, it should not stop the proceedings of trial today, provided the prosecution is ready to proceed.
“In view of the foregoing we hold that trial shall proceed for hearing today and we are ready to take the witnesses,” the Tribunal said.
Usoro, had asked for an adjournment when the trial of Senate President resumed at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday.
However, the Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, opposed the application.
According to him, the CCT had adjourned the matter for trial to commence and he was ready with his witnesses to commence trial.
He said that the defence is aware that what they are filing today cannot stop the proceedings.
According to him, the request for an adjournment is not based on the motion served on the prosecution but on an application of stay of proceedings pending before the Court of Appeal.
He argued that he was served with a motion on stay at 10:20AM on Tuesday morning and since he was not served before the start of the business of the day, it cannot obstruct the trial that has been fixed for same day.
The prosecutor maintained that the appeal filed by Saraki is illegal, backing his argument with Section 306 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The CCT had on March 24 ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the case against the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki on alleged false declaration of his assets while he was Governor of Kwara State. Read more here.
The tribunal also ordered the prosecution to produce its witnesses.
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