The Government of Nigeria has requested that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) presents a date for the commencement of the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on charges of false assets declaration.
The request was made known in a letter which was written on behalf of the Federal Government by the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN).
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The request came on the heels of the February 5 judgment of the Supreme Court validating the trial of the Senate President before the CCT.
According to information gathered, Mr. Jacob sent the letter with a copy of the Supreme Court’s judgment attached to it to the Danladi Umar-led CCT on Monday.
In regard to this, the Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT, Mr. Ibraheem Al-hassan, confirmed that the registrar of the tribunal had received it.
“I have confirmed from the registrar and he confirmed to me that Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), wrote the letter, informing the tribunal that the Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal that was stopping the trial from going on. He attached a copy of the judgment to the letter.
“The letter will be considered and a hearing notice will be issued later on.”
The CCT is therefore expected to give a date for the continuation of the Senate President’s trial and issue hearing notices to parties to the case before the week runs out.
Mr Saraki is currently standing a 13-count charge bordering on false asset declaration which was preferred to him by the federal government.