Senator Bukola Saraki
The Court of Appeal on Monday in Abuja adjourned until October 6 to hear an appeal filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging his criminal trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Justice Abdul Aboki leading four other Justices of the Court, gave the date at the instance of counsel to the parties.
Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) and Mr Rotimi Jacob (SAN) represented Saraki and the Federal Government respectively.
At the resume hearing, Agabi had urged the court to adjourn the matter on account of the convenience of the presiding justices.
“My Lordships, it is glaring that the court is over worked and this is telling on the postures of your Lordships.
“If we say we should press on because of the exigency of this appeal we could all be dead.
“We shall at this juncture be urging your Lordships to adjourn hearing on this appeal after you have returned from the annual break,” Agabi said.
Meanwhile, the presiding judge interjected to assure parties of the court’s readiness to entertain the appeal.
”We appreciate the concerns advanced by the Senior Advocate Agabi, but we shall not be adjourning on account of our convenience as we are here to serve,” Aboki said.
Jacobs, counsel to the Federal Government, opposed the motion for adjournment, adding that the applicant should be eager for the appeal to be heard.
“My Lordships, I am also concerned about the effort you people are putting to ensure speedy dispensation of appeals. And this no doubt is telling on your health.
“More so that the court has come to the threshold of this year’s annual recess, it is appropriate to take your deserved rest but not when a matter is ripe for hearing.
“Hearing of this appeal has been adjourned three times at the instance of the appellant applicant,” Jacob said.
Jacobs further said: “why have they suddenly …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper