False Asset Declaration: Supreme Court decides Saraki’s fate today

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Senator Bukola Saraki
Nigeria’s Supreme Court will give its verdict today in the appeal filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
The court heard lawyers from the various parties on 3 December, 2015.
Saraki is standing trial at the CCT on allegations of false declaration of assets.
At the 3 December hearing of the appeal, Saraki’s lawyer, Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN), told the panel of seven Justices of the apex court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed, that his legal team formulated six issues for determination.
He argued that the charge against Saraki could not stand in the face of the law because there was no substantive Attorney-General of the Federation (A-GF) when it was instituted.
He said that as at the time Saraki was put on trial, there was no evidence that an AGF delegated his power to institute criminal charge against him as required by the law.
Daudu also argued that the tribunal was not properly constituted as stipulated by law.
According to him, the law provides that the CCT shall only sit on trial with a three-member panel.
He said that the tribunal has only two members, including the Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar, and cannot form a quorum.
The lawyer further argued that, by implication, if there would be any disagreement on issues in the course of the trial, the chairman would impose his views on the other member.
Daudu also argued that the tribunal lacked the jurisdiction to try criminal matters.
He said the tribunal was only established by law to serve as a disciplinary committee for public officers and not a court that can assume criminal jurisdiction.
Counsel to the Federal Government, Mr Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), ‎however, asked the court to dismiss the appeal for lacking in merit.
He said the CCT was properly …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper