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Senator Bukola Saraki’s Trial: Appeal court Fixes May 31 For Hearing

Court of Appeal, Abuja has fixed May thirty-first for the hearing of an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to try him on charges, including false and anticipatory asset declaration.

The Senate President is by his appeal challenging a March twenty-four, 2016 ruling of Danladi Umar dismissing his application and challenging the jurisdiction of the tribunal to hear the charges against him.

The Federal Government which is the respondent in Saraki’s appeal also filed a cross-appeal against the March twenty-fourth ruling of the CCT.

Chief Kanu said he needed the adjournment to enable him to study the response filed on behalf of the respondent, the Federal Government.

The lawyer, Mr. Henry Ejiga, who represented the Federal Government, did not object to Agabi’s application for adjournment.

The appeal court then fixed May 31 for the hearing.

Senator Saraki’s earlier appeal aimed at ending his trial was dismissed by  the Supreme Court in its judgment delivered on February 5, 2016, ordering him to submit himself for trial.

The Senate President is being prosecuted by the Federal Government in 16 counts including alleged breaches in the forms which the Senate President submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau when he was the governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.

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