CCT rules on request to free Senate President, Saraki today

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) in Abuja will today, Wednesday, rule on the no-case submission filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki, to challenge his ongoing trial on the amended 18 charges of false declaration and other related offences.

The two-man panel of the CCT headed by Danladi Umar had reserved its ruling after hearing Saraki’s no-case submission and the Federal Government’s objection to it on June 8, Punch reports. 

“Parties in the case were informed today (Tuesday) that the ruling will come up tomorrow, (Wednesday),” a CCT official told said.

The Senate President, through his no-case submission filed before the CCT on May 26, 2017, contended that none of the exhibits tendered and no evidence given by the four prosecution witnesses linked him to the alleged offences to warrant him to defend the charges.

But arguing the Federal Government’s objection to the no-case submission on Thursday, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said there was a “serious prima facie case” against the Senate President.

The lead counsel of the defendant, Kanu Agabi, presented the written addresses before the CCT on Thursday, and said the petition which brought about the charges had nothing to do with Saraki.

Agabi said the charges, especially counts 1, 2, 6, 9,10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 16, had disclosed no valid offences.

He said, “Our submission is that the prosecution has not made out a case warranting an answer from the defendant is dated May 21, 2017 and filed on May 26, 2017. Our reply on point of law is dated June 7, 2017.”

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