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Saraki loses bid to stop trial, faces tribunal today
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Saraki loses bid to stop trial, faces tribunal today

Yvonne Williams

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday said he would appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday (today) to face a 13-count charge of false asset declaration levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Saraki’s promise to appear before the CCT as a “law-abiding citizen” followed failed judicial battle on Monday to stop his arrest and trial by the tribunal.

“I will be there, I have nothing to hide. One was exercising his own right both at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal. So, I will appear before the tribunal. The most important thing is that I believe in the process and I will ensure that I am there tomorrow morning,” he told journalists covering the Senate in Abuja.

Moments later, a statement by the Senate president’s spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu, reinforced the promise by Saraki to finally appear before the CCT.

Earlier in the day, both the Court of Appeal and a Federal High Court in Abuja had refused the Senate President’s ex-parte applications to halt his arrest and trial respectively.

Saraki had asked the FHC to stop the CCB and the CCT from prosecuting him while demanding from the Appeal Court an order to stay the execution of the order of arrest made by the Justice Danladi Umar of the CCT as well as the proceedings of the tribunal.

But Justice Ahmed Mohammed, who presided, refused the application and ordered that the respondents be put on notice.

The court therefore dismissed the application and ordered that the applicant to put the respondents on notice. The judge later adjourned the case till September 30 for hearing of the substantive suit.

Source: www.punchng.com