The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja, has rescheduled the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on the 13-count corruption charge that was filed against him by the federal government to March 11.
This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, by the Head of Press and Public Relations at the CCT, Mr. Ibraheem Al-hassan.
According to him, the shift became necessary following the request from Mr. Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), asking that the hearing be moved by a day.
The Justice Danladi Umar led tribunal which initially gave FG the nod to open its case against Saraki on March 10, deferred the proceeding by a day following a letter from his new Counsel.
In a letter dated February 26 to the tribunal, Mr. Agabi had written: ‘‘I write as lead Counsel to the above Defendant to apply that the matter which is now scheduled to come up on the 10th day of March 2016, subject to the convenience of the Honourable Tribunal and learned Counsel for the prosecution, be taken on the 11th day of March, 2016, due to my earlier and urgent commitments in other courts on the 10th. I will sincerely appreciate the indulgence of the Tribunal to accommodate me in this way’’.
Mr. Saraki was docked by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on a 13-count charge on September 18 for alleged corruption and false declaration of assets.
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