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Appeal Court Dismisses Saraki’s Suit

Bukola Saraki

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the suit filed before it by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial by the Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal (CCT), over allegations of false asset declaration and 13 other charges.

The three-man panel led by Justice Moore Adumein, held that the CCB Tribunal was properly constituted and has jurisdiction to adjudicate on the criminal allegations against Saraki.

The Court also ruled that the CCT was a court of criminal jurisdiction, with limited jurisdiction.
While juxtaposing the CCT with other courts, Justice Adumein declared that there was no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal, but noted that their difference lied in special cases brought before them.
Saraki has prayed the Appeal court on the ground of jurisdiction to dismiss the allegations against him at the CCT.

It would be recalled the Appeal court last week suspended indefinitely ruling on Saraki’s appeal.

Consequently, the CCT at its last hearing suspended its ruling pending the outcome at the Appeal Court.

Chairman of the CCT, Justice Danladi Umar has adjourned hearing till November 5, 2015.

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