-Argues that only Kanu Agabi among Saraki’s lawyers should be allowed to Address in Court
-Saraki’s Lawyers Declare Submission Frivolous and Uncalled for
As the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, continues today at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the Counsel for the Federal Government, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), in another brazen attempt to set a new legal precedent, argued that only Kanu Agabi, amongst Saraki’s lawyers, should be entitled to address the court.
Making a submission to the Tribunal Chaired by Justice Dan Ladi Umar, Jacobs argued that only the Counsel to the Defence that started the cross-examination of Prosecution Witness 1, Michael Wetkas of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), should be allowed to continue as the cross-examination continues.
Jacobs, citing Section 349(7) of the Administration for Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) stated that a legal practitioner engaged in any matter is bound to conclude it.
However, in their counter-submission, the Senate President’s lawyers who were represented by Paul Erokoro (SAN), stated that Section 36 of the Constitution makes provision for multiple lawyers to cross examine a witness.
Reading out the section of the 1999 Constitution that stated that defendants were entitled to multiple legal practitioners, Irokoro argued that this matter had also been addressed by the Supreme Court, and Rotimi Jacobs was again wasting the time of the court by making a frivolous submission with no legal precedents.