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Appeal Court’s adjournment: Saraki’s CCT trial has to stop-Lagos Lawyer
Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki

Appeal Court’s adjournment: Saraki’s CCT trial has to stop-Lagos Lawyer

 

A Lagos Lawyer, Mr. Napoleon Emeaso-Nwachukwu has stated that the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT)  has to stop its trial of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki due to the pronouncement of the Appeal Court.

It may be recalled that the appellate court initially slated yesterday to deliver judgment on whether or not Saraki should submit himself before the Justice Danladi Umar-led panel of CCT but a senior Registrar of the court, Mrs. Christine Aruna, informed all the parties that the judgment has been deferred indefinitely.

Mr. Emeaso-Nwachukwu of Napolean+Sandra & Co said that with the facts available to him, if the case is adjourned  sine die, the implication is simple “Once the case gets to a higher court, the Principle in Law is that even if the counsel has not called for a stay of proceedings in the lower court, the matter will cease to be heard until the matter at that Appeal Court is determined.

He stated that the extended implication of Sine Die which means indefinitely  as used by the Appeal Court in reference to the trial of the Senate President, is that the Code of Conduct Tribunal cannot continue its trial until the matter is dispensed of by the Court of Appeal.

Saraki has appealed on October 6 by through his lawyer, J.B.L Ufoh, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to proceed with hearing his case.

Mr. Ufor had told the appellate court the tribunal ought to have stayed proceedings when it got an order from a Federal High Court directing it to do so.

He argued that the CCT was not a superior court to the Federal High Court, and therefore urged the court to set aside all proceedings, including the charge against Mr. Saraki on the grounds that the tribunal was not properly constituted.

Counsel to the respondent, Rotimi Jacobs, however made a counter appeal in a brief filed on October 12, stating that there was no order by the Federal High Court compelling the Code of Conduct Tribunal not to sit.

The Court of Appeal, Abuja Division had adjourned till October 19th to deliver a judgement on the pleas of the Senate President but yesterday, the Court announced it has adjourned the matter sine die.

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