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Saraki:  Blow by blow account of Supreme Court proceedings
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Saraki: Blow by blow account of Supreme Court proceedings

The Supreme has suspended proceedings on the on-going trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) pending the conclusion of his appeal .

Saraki’s lawyers had called on the Supreme court to stop the proceedings, among other seven grounds of appeal, and including that the  CCT did not follow due process in instituting the trial

The order of Justice John Fabiyi-led five-man panel of the apex court followed a concession given by the Federal Government’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), for the proceedings of the tribunal to be halted if Saraki’s main appeal would be given an accelerated hearing.

The decision on Thursday came after Saraki’s lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), had argued his client’s motion for stay of the CCT’s proceedings, and while Jacobs was responding.

In a unanimous decision read by Justice Fabiyi, the apex court ordered the tribunal “to tarry awhile.”

He ordered Jacobs to file his respondents’ brief in response to Saraki’s appellant’s brief served on him in court on Thursday within seven days.

The Supreme Court also ordered Daudu to file further response to Jacobs’ brief, if he so desired ‎within seven days thereafter.

Justice Fabiyi said the date for the hearing of the appeal would be communicated to parties in due course.

With the Thursday’s order, the tribunal could no longer sit on the case which was already adjourned till November 19.

‎Saraki had appealed to the Supreme Court against the October 30, 2015 judgment of the Court of Appeal which affirmed the competence of the charges instituted against him and the jurisdiction of the CCT to try him.

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