CCT Adjourns Saraki's Case for September

July 12, 2016, 3:30 pm

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) billed to resume the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki's alleged false assets declaration for Wednesday has put off the trial till after September when the tribunal will resume from annual recess.

The court had slated Wednesday for ruling on Saraki's application to get the CCT's Chairman, Danladi Umar, recuse himself on the ground that he had descended  into the arena‎ and was no longer in a position to hold the balance of justice.

But the Public Relations Officer of the tribunal, Alhaji Ibrahim Al-hassan, in a press statement on Wednesday said that the tribunal would not sit until September, due to the ongoing yearly vacation of courts and tribunals across the country.  

The press statement did not however give a specific date the trial and the ruling would resume in September but Al-hassan hinted that the date would be fixed as soon as the tribunal returns from vacation, and that parties would be duly communicated on a new date.

The statement from CCT read in part: "The Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Honourable Danladi Yakubu Umar, on Tuesday adjourned all sittings scheduled for this week and those to come within July and August till after the resumption from recess to be embarked by the Tribunal’s Judges soon.

“The decision was taken due to the ongoing Roundtable Discussion involving CCT and other critical stakeholders within and outside the country, to develop the Code of Ethics and Practice Directions for the Code of Conduct Tribunal to ensure fair and speedy trials, sponsored by European Union (EU) and implemented by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC).

"He however assured litigants currently with cases before the court, would have their new dates shortly after the vacation; September, which would be communicated to them appropriately.

"The Tribunal regrets the pains caused by the sudden change," the statement added.

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