Saraki gets soft landing from CCT

By Aiyeku Timothy March 11, 2016 12:37

Saraki gets soft landing from CCT

The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has on Friday, March 11, adjourned the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to March 18, following a fresh application filed by Saraki’s lawyer.

The lead defence counsel, Kanu Agabi, had prayed the court for the adjournment till next week Friday, arguing that as an old man who will be 70 in two days, he may not be able to respond to the prosecutor’s brief on time.

This was immediately objected to, by the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, who maintained that the Tribunal should be adjourn till Monday for argument of the application.

Justice Umar Danladi who intervened, sought for explanation on why the defence counsel failed to serve the prosecution the motion on the challenge of the Tribunal’s jurisdiction.

The Defence Counsel complained of coming under different forms of attack and intimidation in the course of prosecuting Saraki.

Counsel to the federal government, angrily complained of not receiving any motion, “The motion I have not seen”, Jacobs stated.

The tribunal member asked Agabi to address the court on his failure to serve the prosecution counsel. Reacting, Saraki’s counsel said, “Rotimi, should I kneel down,”

A second member of the Tribunal then appealed to Rotimi Jacobs, the prosecutor’s lead counsel, to allow the motion to be taken so that the trial can go on.

The CCT Chairman later adjourned the case to Friday, 18 March, for moving of the motion and possible hearing of the substantive matter

Justice Umar asked the defence to ensure that he served all motions and processes on the prosecution counsel to avoid further delay of the trial which was agreed by both parties.

Saraki is facing trial over 13 counts of false assets declaration. He sat in the dock as the lawyers exchanged arguments.