The Supreme Court is today deciding whether or not to stop the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on charges of false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. A seven-man bench, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, had on December 4, 2015, fixed this Friday, February 5, for judgment after entertaining arguments on an appeal by Saraki, with the Federal Government urging the apex court to dismiss the Senate President’s case and allow the trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal. to continue.
Saraki’s appeal filed through his lead counsel, Joseph Daudu is challenging the majority judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja, delivered on October 30, 2015, which affirmed the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try him and the competence of the charges of false asset declaration preferred against him by the Federal Government. The Federal Government had, in September 2015, arraigned Saraki before the CCT on 13 counts of false asset declaration which he allegedly made in 2003 as governor of Kwara State. The Danadi Umar-led CCT had dismissed Saraki’s protest against the competence of the charges and jurisdiction of the tribunal.
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