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‎FG ‘Abandons’ Saraki’s CCT Trial

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[caption id="attachment_8875" align="alignnone" width="660"]Dr. Bukola Saraki, President of the Nigerian Senate[/caption]

Indications are emerging that the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) scheduled for today, Wednesday, could not hold because of a deal with the Presidency.

Saraki was arraigned by the Federal Government on September 22 before the Code of Conduct Tribunal sitting in Abuja, on a 13-count criminal charge bordering on corruption, false declaration of assets, and illegal operation of a foreign bank account while in office as a public servant.

He pleaded not guilty and had approached several courts including the apex court to stop his trail without success.

The trial has been termed politically motivated in certain quarters owing to his defiance of his party, the All Progressives Congress, to emerge the Senate President with a Deputy from the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

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It would be recalled that chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, had on May 25, adjourned the trial to June 1 for the continuation of cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas.

Curiously, on Wednesday, Ibrahim Alhassan, spokesman of the tribunal, was quoted as saying the trial would not take place because of the absence of the key prosecution witness, Wetkas.

He was however not clear on when the matter was adjourned to, a request he said was made by the prosecution led by Rotimi Jacobs SAN.

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