Saraki’s trial: Appeal Court Strikes out Motion to Dismiss

The Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal, on Monday, struck out a motion the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, filed for an order to dismiss his trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, sitting in Abuja.

A three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdul Aboki, discarded the motion after it was withdrawn by Saraki’s lead counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.

Senate President Saraki
Senate President Saraki

‎However, Agabi, prayed the court for accelerated hearing of the substantive appeal challenging jurisdiction of the CCT to entertain the 13-count criminal charge the federal government instituted against his client.

‎Even though Agabi did not adduce any reason why his client decided to withdraw the motion for stay of proceeding, he however apologised to the appellate court panel for the decision.

‎“We sincerely apologise to your lordships for taking the action after you have already read through such a voluminous motion. It is unfair to say we are withdrawing. But we have to. We want to withdraw the motion” Agabi submitted.

‎The withdrawal application was not opposed by counsel to the federal government, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN.

‎Saraki’s motion that was struck out by the appellate court was filed on April 4.

Meantime, the court is yet to fix a date for hearing of the main appeal.


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