A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has again urged the embattled President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki to face his ongoing corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Mr. Saraki is standing trial for alleged false asset declaration and fraud at the CCT, since September 2015.
The Senate President had approached the court, asking it to nullify his trial at the Tribunal, describing the trial as a breach of his fundamental human rights enshrined in Section 4 of the 1999 constitution and an obstruction to his duties at the National Assembly.
In his ruling today, Justice Abdul Kafarati of the court, however, turned down Saraki’s fundamental rights suit to quash the charges preferred against him by the federal government at the CCT for lacking in merit.
Kafarati said: “It appears to me all that the applicant is trying to do is to stop his criminal trial at CCT. The CCT is a competent court to try the criminal matters.”
“I find that none of the claims fall within chapter four of the constitution”
“This court cannot interfere with the case at the tribunal which has power to try cases.
“It is not appropriate for the applicant to approach this court. This case is hereby dismissed.”
The judge had on March 22, withdrawn from the suit filed by Saraki to quash the charges due to the questions that it triggered on his integrity even as he said his ‘verdict against or for’ Saraki, would be interpreted differently.
“If the court grants the application, there will be conflict with the ruling of the appellate Court
“I do not see the need to go to the merit of the case,” the judge ruled.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that during the resumption of the trial, a member of the Federal House of Representatives from Kwara State, Zakari Mohammed allegedly bribed technicians to tamper with the electricity at the CCT courtroom, triggering a power outage that forced the tribunal into a lengthy adjournment.
The result was that the tribunal’s proceedings were halted and adjourned until April 18.