Senate President Bukola Saraki looses bid to stop corruption trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal

Senator Bukola Saraki

A 7-man panel at the Supreme Court has rejected senate president, Bukola Saraki’s appeal challenging the decision of the Appeal Court which upheld his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

In the lead judgment taken by Justice Walter Samuel Onoghen, the court held that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) was properly constituted to exercise jurisdiction over Saraki’s trial. It also resolved the issue of whether the tribunal had jurisdiction to try criminal matters and issue bench warrants against Saraki.

Earlier in September 2015, M.S. Hassan, a deputy director in the office of the attorney-general of the federation, filed a 13- count corruption charge against Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). Among other charges, Saraki was accused of making false declaration of assets on assumption of office as governor of Kwara state in 2003.

The Code of Conduct Bureau says the senate president lied about his assets, and maintained a foreign account, when he was governor of Kwara State.

Mr. Saraki said the charges were politically motivated, and challenged the powers and composition of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to hear the case.

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