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Supreme Court rules on Saraki Feb 5

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The Supreme Court yesterday fixed February 5 for judgment in an appeal by Senate President  Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Saraki is on trial at the CCT on allegations of false declaration of assets.

At the resumed hearing, Saraki’s lawyer Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN) told the panel of seven Justices, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, that they formulated six issues for determination.

He argued that the charge against Saraki could not stand in the face of the law because there was no substantive attorney-general of the federation (A-GF) when it was instituted.

The lawyer  said as at the time Saraki was put on trial, there was no evidence that an A-GF delegated his power to institute criminal charge against him as required by the law.

Daudu also argued that the tribunal was not properly constituted as stipulated by law.

According to him, the law provided that the CCT shall only sit with a three-member panel.

He said the tribunal had only two members, including the chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, and could not form a quorum.

The lawyer further argued that by implication, if there was a disagreement, the chairman could impose his views on the other member.

But counsel to the Federal Government Mr Rotmi Jacobs (SAN) urged the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit.

He said the CCT was properly constituted and had power to go ahead with two members.

Jacobs argued that two of the three members formed a quorum in compliance with the Interpretation Act.

 

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