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Absence of prosecutor halts Saraki’s trial




The trial of the Senate President Bukola Saraki was stood down till in the afternoon by the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Monday owing to the absence of the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacob (SAN).

The chairman of the tribunal, Justice Umar Danladi, said the decision was to allow Jacob, the lead counsel to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) attend to the case.

The tribunal order was sequel to an announcement by a junior counsel in the EFCC legal team, Gabriel Ezegine that his principal was attending to another case at the Court of Appeal.

Danladi questioned the absence of the EFCC lead counsel, saying that the prosecution should be aware of the provisions of the law on a speedy dispensation of criminal trial.

Saraki is standing trial on a 13-count-charge bordering on false asset declaration and money laundering.

He had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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  • COSH_Truth_is_Bitter

    Please, Rotimi this case is more crucial than any other case(s). Nigerians are waiting to see the end of this case as early as possible.

  • Cross Roboh

    Do dog eat dog? Y this saraki punish ment self? did PMB declared his assets too

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Yeah, he did, he has done that four times as a matter of fact.

      • Marcus Ijele

        That he inherited mud house is declaration of assets? That he inherited cows and a bicycle are declaratiojn of assets? He should declare further on leaving office. Liars.

        • Mobolaji

          The case should had gone ahead regardless of Rotimi Jacobs present or not so long as someone else is representing him with all the right documentations.

        • That is the rule which no one has ever followed. Sometimes I wonder what does some Nigerians – perhaps beneficiaries of the loots want from PMB. The guy he replaced never declared his assets or even tell us where he obtained his Ph.D. degree from (Not PH) and every thing he didn’t do PMB did and why are some people being very unfair.

      • Onyewuchi Nze

        Fool can be fooled as many times as possible, but the wise can not be fooled more than once.

    • Onyewuchi Nze

      You can keep waiting for the declaration, until he produces his school cert.

    • Yes! Where were you son? PMB has since declared his assets – publicly self for that matter…a feat only PMB and Murtala Muhammed have done since 1960.

  • John Paul

    Saraki’s case is very easy to prove.

    EFCC should not bungle Saraki’s case the same way that they bungled other easy cases like Okey Nwosu, Erastus Akingbola and Francis Atuche’s cases

    Rotimi Jacobs should please remember that at one point, Erastus Akigbola’s case was dismissed by the court for lack of diligent prosecution by EFCC. Nigerians do not want any such mishap for Saraki’s case. This case is an opportunity for Jacobs to acquit himself credibly for his fatherland. In other climes, prosecutors who successfully prosecute high profile cases – like Rudy Guilliani, former mayor of New York – have always used that success as a stepping stone in their career

    Rotimi Jacobs should not be any different.

    Rotimi Jacobs should attend to Saraki’s case with the level of seriousness that it deserves. It is hard to imagine any other more pressing matter that could have prevented Jacobs from appearing in court today

    • tbt

      You forgot to mention also how they bungled Tinubu’s criminal case, I hope you did not intentionally or tribally forget that his case was sure the same with Saraki.

    • Onyewuchi Nze

      They bungled Asiwaju’s own too?

  • Onyewuchi Nze

    Can Nigeria jail a big man of Saraki’s calibre?

  • Augustus

    How come Saraki in still enjoying his loots and still in the senate?

  • Augustus

    Nigeria is not serious about curruption, if the government finds it hard to prosecute and jail those in power then its not serious, curruption will go on.

  • Augustus

    Absence of prosecutor halts Saraki’s trial. How come there is no prosecutor? This is what Saraki want and later the case will have no head and no tail, then he will go free….i sorry for Nigeria