The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has rescheduled the ruling on a motion by the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, seeking to quash the false assets declaration charges preferred against him till March 24.
The prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs told the Tribunal that he has been served with defendant’s motion dated 4 March, 2015. But he argued that going by sections 220, 221 and 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, the motion cannot be moved before beginning of hearing of the substantive case.
“The only thing the court can do now is to proceed to trial. I want Your Lordship to determine the issue now,” Jacobs said.
However, Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN), argued that the tribunal lacked jurisdiction to entertain the charges, on among other grounds, that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice lacked the powers to file charges before the tribunal. Agabi, said the defence is happy to be in court and the opportunity to defend him.
The Justice Danladi Umar-led tribunal fixed the date for ruling to March 24 after entertaining arguments for and against the motion.
It was gathered that Saraki was represented by 80 lawyers at the Friday’s proceedings while the prosecution by 10.