Friday, 15 April 2016

Court dismisses Saraki’s application, says he must face corruption trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja has again dismissed the application by Senate President Bukola Saraki seeking nullification of his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. Mr. Saraki is standing trial for alleged false asset declaration and fraud at the CCT, since September last year.

The Senate President had approached the court, asking it to put an end to his trial at the Tribunal, describing the trial as a breach of his fundamental human rights enshrined in Section Four of the 1999 constitution and an obstruction to his duties at the National Assembly.

But in his ruling, the trial Judge, Abdul Kafarati, held that the CCT is a constitutional body, in the discharge of its legal obligation which should not be interfered with by a court of law.

“I find that none of the claims fall within chapter four of the constitution. This court cannot interfere with the proceedings before the tribunal; it cannot also interfere with the duties of the respondents which have been imposed on them by law,” said Mr. Kafarati

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