Senate President Bukola Saraki’s court case re-starts again

Senate President Bukola Saraki has several court cases hanging around him.

Few weeks ago, the Federal government dropped all charges related to alleged forgery of senate standing rules.

The charge was leveled against the senate President, deputy senate president and staff members of the national assembly.

However, Saraki’s case of false asset declaration continued today in Abuja at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The trial followed the dismissal of Saraki’s application seeking to stop the trial by the Appeal Court in Abuja.

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The Senate President had filed a petition before the Appeal Court challenging the jurisdiction of the CCT to try him.

On October 27, Justice Abdul Aboki led other four justices of the Appeal Court to hold that the appeal lacked merit.

According to justice Aboki, “Section 3(d) of the CCT does not compel the Federal Government to give such action notice to suspects who failed to properly declare their assets.

“Persons charged for breaching any provisions of the Bureau are expected to file responses as evidence before the tribunal.

“In this respect, the Attorney General of the Federation has not erred in any ways for preferring charges against the appellant without prior notice.

“The highest court in the land had decided on this very issue and as a lower court it is mandated to align with the decision precedent.

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“The AGF has the requisite right to bring charges against anyone who allegedly breached federal laws or delegate such powers,” he said.

Aboki also dismissed the Saraki’s argument that the tribunal departed from its earlier decision freeing ex-governor Bola Tinubu‎ on account that he (Tinubu) was not invited by the CCB.

He also held that the fact that the charges were initiated 13‎ years after the offences were allegedly committed did not make any less potent.