Saraki withdraws appeal against trial over alleged false declaration of assets

Posted by News Express | 25 April 2016 | 1,749 times

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Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has withdrawn a motion on notice filed at the appellate court, praying the court to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), pending the determination of his appeal.

Withdrawing the motion on Monday, lead counsel to Saraki, Mr Kanu Agabi, did not give any reason for the decision.

Although the motion was slated for hearing, Mr Agabi, however, stunned the court when he announced that he was withdrawing the motion.

He, however, apologised to the court for making it study the voluminous processes he filed on behalf of his client.

Justice Abdul Aboki, who presided over the three-man panel, struck out the motion.

However, the main appeal still remains even though no date has been fixed for its hearing.

Justice Aboki said the next adjourned date would be communicated to parties in the suit as soon as all court processes had been filed and exchanged by the parties.

In the main appeal the Senate President is still challenging his trial at the CCT, but on the ground that due process was not followed before the 13-count charge was proffered on him.

He also contended that he was not invited by the Code of Conduct Bureau to make statement on the alleged discrepancies in his asset declaration forms, as required by law, before his arraignment.

The Senate President is facing trial at the CCT on allegations of false asset declaration tied to the period he was the Governor of Kwara State.

•Text courtesy of Channels TV. Photo shows Saraki.

Source: News Express

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