Saraki’s bid to stop trial fails at Appeal Court

Saraki’s bid to stop trial fails at Appeal Court
April 25 17:44 2016

The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja, has 
struck out an application by the
Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki,
seeking to halt his ongoing corruption trial at the 
Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Saraki had approached the
court asking it to compel the CCT
to stay proceedings on his trial
pending the determination of
another application he filed
before the appellate court.

Saraki is being accused for alleged false and
anticipatory declaration of assets when he was Kwara state governor.
The tribunal had recently ruled that it
had the jurisdiction to try him, a
verdict the Senate President is now
challenging at the Court of
Appeal.
Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu
Agabi, who made the application,
informed the court on Monday,
April 25 of his client’s desire to 
withdraw the said application for
stay of proceedings, but prayed
the court to speed up hearing into
his client’s main application.

“In the motion, dated April 4, we
prayed your lordship to stay
proceedings at the CCT pending
the hearing of our appeal. But we
now want to urge your lordship
to grant accelerated hearing to
our appeal,” he said.
Saraki had approached the
court after the application to halt
his trial at the CCT was dismissed
on March 24.
At Monday’s hearing, the court
adjourned the substantive matter
to a yet to be announced date.