CCT Dismisses Saraki’s Application To Stop Corruption Trial, Says It Has Jurisdiction
The Code of Conduct Tribunal has struck out the application by Senate president Bukola Saraki seeking to stop his trial.
The Tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear the case against the Senate President, for allegedly declaring false assets while he was governor of Kwara State.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki had at the last sitting of the Tribunal raised objections about the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
But at its resume sitting on Thursday, the Tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction to try the Senate President for the alleged offence.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, said it does not matter how long a crime was committed as the federal government can initiate criminal proceeding anytime the crime is uncovered.
The tribunal also ordered the prosecution to produce its witnesses.
The federal government is being represented in the case by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, while Mr Kanu Agabi is leading 80 other lawyers in Dr. Saraki’s Defence.
In the charges instituted by the federal government, the Senate President is being accused of making false assets declaration in his forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau as a two-term governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.