The Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, where he requested that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, be stopped from trying him.
Delivering the judgement, Justice Walter Onnoghen led 6 man panel of judges dismissed Saraki’s appeal, stating that it lacks merit.
The CCT had recently accused Saraki of false declaration of assets upon his assumption of office as the Senate President.
A Deputy Director in the office of the Attorney General of the Federation, M.S.Hassan had on September 11, 2015 filed a 13- count corruption charge against Saraki, among which the Senate President was accused of making false declaration of assets on assumption of office as governor of Kwara state in 2003.
A judge at the Federal High Court in Abuja on September 17, 2015, Ahmed Mohammed, gave an interim injunction to temporarily stop the CCT trial but the Chairman, Danladi Umar of the CCB commenced the trial on September 18, 2015 irrespective of the previous injunction, Umar gave a bench warrant for Saraki’s arrest over his refusal to appear before the CCT.
Following the concession by the Federal Government’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, for the proceedings of the tribunal to be halted if Saraki’s appeal would be given an accelerated trial, a unanimous decision was read by John Fabiyi-led five man panel of the Supreme court on November 12, 2015, ordered “to tarry a while” on the case.
The Chief Justice of the Federation, Mahmud Mohammed, on December 3, announce February 5 as the date for ruling on the application.