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Appeal Court Adjourns Judgement on Saraki’s Case Indefinitely

by on October 19, 2015

The appeal by Senate President, Bukola Saraki against the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), to try him over alleged false declaration of assets, was on Monday, adjourned indefinitely by the Appeal Court Holden in Abuja.

Senator Bukola Saraki is challenging the legal propriety of the 13-count criminal charge the Federal Government preferred against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

The Senate President wanted the Appeal court to ascertain whether the Justice Umar-led panel subscribed to the appropriate legal procedure when it ordered him to mount the dock and enter his plea to the charge despite preliminary objections against his trial.

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  • Pst. Larry Hover (Esq)
    October 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Assuming without conceding that the code of conduct tribunal did not err in law by proceeding with the trial with (2) two members instead of (3) three as provided in section 15(1) of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria as amended!!

    Regardless the prosecuting counsel assertions that the constitution is also silent on the quorum OF JUDGES to sit, which counsel to Saraki and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Joseph Daudu(SAN) insisted that the Interpretation Act cannot override the constitution being the supreme law and the Act being inferior to the constitution.

    To ask that the Act of Interpretation be used to override constitutional provision is wrong and unheard of.
    That itself will amount to product of mis-interpre­tation because the constitution is the supreme law and not an Act.

    My candid submission is that the tribunal is not a superior court of record in assuming criminal jurisdiction against the Senate President. We are to keep our fingers crossed pending the determination of the Appellate court.

    Thank you!!



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