BREAKING: Supreme Court suspends CCT trial of Saraki
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of the trial of the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal until his appeal case before the highest court in Nigeria is concluded.
The Senate President’s trial at the CCT was set to resume on November 19.
Saraki is currently facing 13-count charge of corruption and false declaration of assets at the CCT.
On October 30, Saraki lost the bid to stop his trial after the Court of Appeal in Abuja threw out an appeal brought before it.
Senator Saraki had approached the appellate court asking it to stop his corruption trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal claiming that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to proceed to try him for falsely declaring his assets as required by law.
Delivering their judgment, the three justices of the Court of Appeal in a split decision ruled that the Code of Conduct Tribunal has jurisdiction to try Saraki for falsely declaring his assets. Justice Moore Adumein and Justice A Mustapha ruled to quash the appeal while Justice E Ekanem disagreed with the lead judgment.