Court halts Saraki’s trial over alleged false asset declaration

Posted by News Express | 18 September 2015 | 3,584 times

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) to appear before it on September 21, 2015 to show cause why it should not be restrained from arraigning Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, over allegations bordering on false and improper declaration of assets allegedly acquired during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State from 2003-2011.

The Senate President, who approached the court via an ex parte motion, wants the Federal Ministry of Justice, Code of Conduct Bureau, Code of Conduct Tribunal and Barrister M. S Hassan stopped from taking any further step to arraign or prefer any charge against him, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit he filed before the court.

Senator Saraki is also praying the court to declare that the Ministry of Justice has not complied with the provision of the 3rd Schedule of Section 24(1) of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act to act before proffering a charge against him.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling yesterday evening in his chambers ordered the Federal Ministry of Justice, Chairmen of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal and M. S Hassan (1st to 4th respondent) to appear before him to show cause why they should not be stopped from arraigning Saraki.

Senator Saraki in his motion argued that since there is no subsisting AGF, the charge against him by the official of the Federal Ministry of Justice before the CCT is void as the provisions of section 24 (1) of the CCB and Tribunal was not complied with.

•Sourced from Channels TV. Photo shows Saraki.

Source: News Express

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