Why CCT Adjourned Saraki’s Trial Indefinitely
The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was on Thursday adjourned indefinitely.
The adjournment came while some students who said they were indigenes of Kwara State were protesting his prolonged trial in Abuja.
It was announced by Justice Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Tribunal in Abuja, Nigeria's capital city.
Senator Saraki's trial at the CCT resumed after the Court of Appeal in Abuja, in 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 Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2015.
Trial resumed on Thursday, and everyone expected that the Federal Government and Dr. Saraki would adopt their final addresses in the false asset declaration suit.
After the defence and prosecuting counsels addressed the Tribunal, Justice Umar gave the bench's ruling.
He held that it was germane to await the decision of the Supreme Court on the appeals filed by both the Senate President and the Federal Government on the judgment of the Court of Appeal.
But the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, urged the Tribunal to proceed with taking the final address from the parties in the suit.
He told the court that his request was hinged on the fact that the defence had already opened and closed their case and that the Tribunal had adjourned for the adoption of final addresses.
On his part, however, Counsel to the Senate President, Kanu Agabi, urged the Tribunal to be mindful of the dignity of the Supreme Court and prayed for an indefinite adjournment.
Agreeing with the defence counsel, the CCT chairman held that the Tribunal "has decided to tarry a while so that the integrity of Supreme Court would not be played with".
"The Tribunal will adjourn this matter sine die pending the outcome of the appeals at the Supreme Court," he added.
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