CCT Trial: Again, Saraki Loses Bid To Stop Trial

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The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, on Thursday, dismissed an appeal filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

This is the second time the Court will be affirming the jurisdiction of the CCT to try Saraki on charges bordering on assets declaration breaches.

The judgement was delivered by the Justice Abdul Aboki-led panel of the appeal court on behalf of a five-man panel.

In affirming the earlier ruling of the Danladi Umar-led CCT affirming the tribunal’s jurisdiction, Justice Aboki held among others that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Attorney-General of the Federation had the power to institute charges against him before the CCT.

The appeal court also held that under the Constitution, the Code of Conduct was not under any obligation to invite the appellant to enable him to make written admission of breaches in his asset declaration forms before charges could be initiated against him.