CCT Sets New Date For Saraki, Govt. To Adopt Addresses
Another judgment day in the trial of the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) is drawing nigh.
March 8 has been set aside by the Tribunal for the Federal Government and Dr. Bukola Saraki to adopt their final addresses in the false asset declaration suit brought against the Senate President.
This is a shift from the initial arrangement in the last sitting of the Tribunal.
On February 6, the Tribunal fixed February 27 for the parties to adopt their addresses preparatory to judgment.
During the session on Tuesday, Mr Kanu Agabi, a counsel to the Senate President, claimed that the prosecution’s brief was only served on him on February 26.
The lawyer told the panel that he required some days to read through the process in order to respond to the issues raised.
Agabi, therefore, urged the court to adjourn the matter, adding that going ahead to adopt his client’s arguments without recourse to issues raised in the prosecution’s brief would be unprofessional.
After Agabi presented his reasons for seeking adjournment, the counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Rotimi Jacobs, admitted that his brief was served late on the defence team.
He, however, blamed the late service on the defence team.
Jacobs claimed that Agabi had served on him his process after the expiration of the seven days ordered by the Tribunal, emphasising that the situation brought him in collision with the deadline.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on December 2017 partially set aside the decision of the Tribunal that dismissed the suit against the Senate president.
The appellate court ordered that Saraki be re-tried on three out of the 18-count charges filed against him by the Federal Government in 2015.
That decision informed a revisit of the process by the panel led by Justice Tinuade Akomolafe-Wilson, which has dismissed 15 out of the 18-count charges, but ordered Saraki to answer count 4, 5 and 6 of the charges.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the outstanding three charges bordered on alleged false declaration of his property on 17A/17B, McDonald Street, Ikoyi, Lagos and incoherent asset declaration after serving his tenure as governor of Kwara.