Court Throws Out Saraki’s Appeal







The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, challenging his arraignment and trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

The presiding Justice, Moore Adumein and Justice, Mohammed Mus­tapha dismissed the appeal for lack of merit, while Justice Joseph Ekanem ironically, declared the charge against Saraki at the tribunal as incompetent.

Justice Ekanem argued that the Code of Conduct Tribunal was not a superior court and that the charges before it were not properly filed.

The judges held that the Code of Conduct Tribunal was properly constituted to try the Senate President.

According to Justice Adumein, the two-man panel of the Tribunal was the minimum quorum required, according to the Interpretation Act, to sit in judgment on any issue.

He said the Tribunal did not err in law to commence trial against Dr. Saraki with a two-man panel.

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