sarakiCode of Conduct Tribunal yesterday fixed March 24, 2016 for ruling on a motion by the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the charges of false assets declaration preferred against him.
The Danladi Umar-led tribunal fixed the date for ruling after entertaining arguments for and against the motion.
Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), argued that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain the charges, on among other grounds, that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice lacked the powers to file charges before the tribunal.
He also argued that the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite Saraki to confront him with the breaches in his assets declaration form was fatal to the validity of the charges.
But the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), urged the tribunal to dismiss the motion, as same constituted an abuse of court process.
He described the motion as absurd and ridiculous on the basis that Saraki had initially in a similar motion argued up to the Supreme Court level, contended that the charges were incompetent for being filed at a time the office of the AGF was vacant.
The Supreme Court in its judgment on Saraki’s earlier objection to the trial affirmed the validity of the charges and the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
Saraki was represented by 80 lawyers at the Friday’s proceedings while the prosecution by 10 lawyers.
The Code of Conduct Bureau had slammed a 13-count charge of corruption on the President of the Nigerian Senate, Bukola Saraki.
In charge number ABT/01/15, dated September 11 and filed before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Saraki is accused of offences ranging from anticipatory declaration of assets to making false declaration of assets in forms he filed before the Code of Conduct Bureau while he was governor of Kwara State.
According to the charges, the Senate President is also accused of failing to declare some assets he acquired while in office as governor.
Among other offences, including allegedly acquiring assets beyond his legitimate earnings, Mr. Saraki is also accused of operating foreign accounts while being a public officer – governor and senator.
The offences, the charge said, violated sections of the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended.
Mr. Saraki is also said to have breached Section 2 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act and punishable under paragraph 9 of the said Fifth Schedule of the Constitution.
The charges were prepared by M.S. Hassan, a deputy director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation. It was not clear on Wednesday morning whether the document had been served on Mr. Saraki, Nigeria’s number three man.


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  • vic

    THIS CCT JUDGE CALLED DONALDI DUCK OR WHATEVER HIS NAME IS, HAS ALSO BEEN CORRUPTED AND IS AIDING SARAKI TO OBSTRUCT AND SIDE TRACK THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. WE HAD ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE FROM SARAKI AND THE TRIAL JUDGE. THIS TRIAL JUDGE SHOULD BE SACKED HENCEFORTH AND A NEW FAST TRACK JUSTICE INTRODUCED TO CONCLUDE THIS TRILLION NAIRA CORRUPTION CASE WITHIN A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 30 DAYS.

    SENATOR SARAKI KNOWS, ONCE THIS CASE STARTS, HE WILL BE FOUND GUILTY AND CONVICTED TO A MAXIMUM JAIL SENTENCE, SO HE IS DELIBERATELY TRYING HIS BEST TO BE UNREASONABLY OBSTRUCTIVE, AS A PLOT, TO GAIN TIME BEFORE HE IS PUNISHED. A THIEF WILL REMAIN A THIEF NO MATTER HOW MANY LAWYERS HE HIRES. THE GREATER THE NUMBER
    OF LAWYERS SARAKI HIRES THE BIGGER THE BIGGER THE THIEF AND A MONEY LAUNDERER HE IS.

    VERDICT:

    LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON.

    IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE CHARGES, SARAKI’S RIGHTFUL PLACE IS KUJE PRISON FOR AT LEAST 10 YEARS WITH HARD LABOUR AND COMMUNITY SERVICE WITH CONFISCATION OF ALL HIS UNLAWFULLY OWNED PROPERTIES.