Supreme Court halts Saraki’s trial at CCT

Bukola Saraki docked

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a stay of proceedings of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Saraki is facing a 13-count charge of false assets declaration and corruption at the tribunal.

He denies the allegation.

The apex court, in Thursday’s ruling, directed the Justice Danladi Umar-led CCT to suspend the trial to enable it hear and determine the substantive appeal that Saraki lodged before it.

This was even as the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, entered ‎an undertaking before the apex court that “no unusual step will be taken by the Federal Government” in relation to the matter.

In its ruling, a five-man panel of Justices of the Supreme Court ‎led by Justices John Fabiyi, held: “It is imperative to state that all the parties, including the Code of Conduct Tribunal, should tarry a while to enable this court to determine the appeal before it.”

Two High Courts and a Court of Appeal had earlier rejected Saraki’s request to quash the charges against him.

The Supreme Court assures it would expedite action on the matter.