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CCT stands down Saraki’s trial over prosecution counsel absence


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Senate President Bukola President arriving at the code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. PHOTO: LADIDI LUCY ELUKPO

Absence of EFCC lead Counsel Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) has forced the Code of Conduct Tribunal to stand down the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki till 12:30 p.m.

Saraki was arraigned by the Federal Government on 16-count allegations of false asset declaration and money laundering, which he had pleaded not guilty.

The Chairman of the tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, on Wednesday said in view of the development and by consent of parties in the matter “the trial is hereby stand down till 12:30pm’’.

At the resumed hearing of the case, one of
The prosecuting counsel, Mr H.O.B Ejiga, told the tribunal that his principal was at the Federal High Court handling another matter.

Ejiga, therefore, urged the tribunal to stand down the matter for an hour to enable his principal attend to the proceedings in the interest of Justice.

In his response, Counsel to Saraki, Mr Paul Usoroh (SAN), said he had no objection to the request of the prosecution.

Usoroh said that they have already discussed the issue before the proceedings commence.

The  tribunal is expected to continue with the cross-examination of EFCC witness, Mr Michael Wetkas.

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