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The Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar, on Tuesday, shifted the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, earlier scheduled to come up on the 10th of March 2016 to 11th March 2016.
Saraki, who is facing a 13-count corruption charge bothering on false declaration of asset levelled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau, had asked the CCT to shift the trial date through a letter signed by his new counsel, Kanu G. Agabi (SAN).
A statement signed by the Head of Press and Public Relations at the CCT, Mr. Ibraheem Al-hassan, revealed that Agabi had in a letter dated February 26, pleaded for an adjournment on the ground that he has other cases fixed for March 10.
The statement quoted Agabi’s letter, which was addressed to the Chief Registrar of the CCT, as stating: ‘‘I write as lead Counsel to the above Defendant to apply that the matter which is now scheduled to come up on the 10th day of March 2016, subject to the convenience of the Honourable Tribunal and learned Counsel for the prosecution, be taken on the 11th day of March, 2016, due to my earlier and urgent commitments in other courts on the 10th.
‘‘I will sincerely appreciate the indulgence of the Tribunal to accommodate me in this way,” it added.
He apologised for the inconvenience caused to the Honourable Tribunal and other learned Counsel.