Senate President Bukola Saraki’s lawyers staged a walkout from the tribunal room as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja on Thursday ruled that Saraki’s trial must continue despite his appeal at the Supreme Court.
It was learnt that the lawyers staged a protest against a ruling that the trial of the helmsman of the National Assembly must continue despite his appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the jurisdiction of the tribunal to entertain the case.
In protest to the ruling, Saraki’s lawyer, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), who announced the walkout on behalf of the defence team, said he was withdrawing from the case for what he termed “judicial rascality”.
Other SANs in the defence team, Saka Isau and Ahmed Raji, also followed suit, as they led about 30 junior lawyers, who accompanied them to proceedings, out of the court room.
The tribunal had ruled that the prayer by Saraki’s lawyer for an adjournment could not be granted in view of the provisions of the new Administration Criminal Justice Act.
The CCT has adjourned till November 19 for trial.