The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar directed today, that the trial of Senate president, Bukola Saraki will henceforth proceed to day to day trial until the conclusion of the case.
He also said the trial will begin 10am and end 6pm everyday. The tribunal chairman gave this directive at the resumed hearing in the case, pointed out his resolve to carry out the trial day to day in line with the provisions of section 396(6) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The directive was given in response to a request for one hour stand-down by the lawyer who represented the prosecution on Monday, Mr. Gabriel Esegine. Esigine disclosed to the tribunal that the lead prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs requested for the stand-down to enable him have a brief appearance before the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
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In response, Umar, who expressed dissatisfaction over the request for stand-down warned that the tribunal would no longer wait for anybody.
He said, “By virtue of 396 (6) the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, criminal trial of a defendant after arraignment shall proceed day to day. He said, “This is what the tribunal intends to do. I am saying this to the prosecution and the defence, this tribunal will not wait for anybody”.
He also added that, “For the benefit of those who want to pray we will give a break for about 15 minutes. By 4pm, we will give another 15 minutes break to enable people to stretch their legs”.