Court strikes out Saraki’s application to halt trial
An Abuja Federal High Court has thrown out an application by Senate President Bukola Saraki seeking to halt his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal for an alleged false declaration of assets.
In his judgement on Friday, Judge Abdul Kafarati ruled that the code of Conduct tribunal (CCT) was a legally constituted body whose discharge of duties should not be interfered with by a court.
“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,” he said.
Saraki, standing trial on a 13-count charge of false declaration of assets when he was the governor of Kwara State, had approached the court to stop his trial at the tribunal, claiming that the trial violated his fundamental human rights as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution. But the judge disputed Saraki’s claims.
“I find that none of the claims fall within chapter four of the constitution,” he said.
The judge further noted that it would be out of order for his court to grant an application that has already been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.
“If the court grants the application, there will be a conflict with the ruling of the appellate Court. I do not see the need to go to the merit of the case,” the judge ruled.