Supreme Court Halts Saraki’s Trial by Tribunal

Supreme Court Halts Saraki’s Trial by Tribunal

Chris Steven, Abuja

Reprieve may have come the way of the embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki as the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to stop forthwith, the ongoing trial of the Senate President.

When the hearing on the appeal brought before the Court resumed on Thursday, Counsel to the federal government through, Mr. Rotimi Jacob, SAN, gave an undertaken that the Tribunal will stay action on the trial of Saraki pending the determination of his appeal by the Supreme Court.

The Senate President is docked on a 13-count charge by the Code of Conduct Tribunal bordering on corruption and false declaration of assets when he was Kwara state Governor between 2003 and 2011.

He however approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him, arguing that it was not properly constituted.

But in its ruling, two of the three-man panel of Justices of the Appellate Court threw away all the five issues raised by Mr. Saraki and ruled that the Tribunal has jurisdiction to precede with the trial.

Sequel to the ruling, Saraki, proceeded to the Supreme Court, praying it should grant stay of execution of the Appellate Court’s ruling and to as well determine whether the Tribunal has jurisdiction.

However, despite the appeal pending before the Supreme Court, the Tribunal last week insisted it will proceed with the hearing, resulting in the lawyers to  Saraki, walking out on the Judges, saying the decision was “judicial rascality”.

With the undertaken by Mr. Jacob, counsel to the federal government, the Tribunal will now await the ruling of the Supreme Court to determine whether or not it will proceed with the trial of the senate president,  Saraki.