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Saraki Refiles Appeal To Stop Trial
Lawyers to the Senate President Bukola Saraki on Friday on his behalf refiled a fundamental human rights application at the Federal High Court in Abuja after his case was struck out by a High Court in Lagos State.
On Friday, the High Court said that the issues could not be resolved in Lagos and struck out the suit for lack of jurisdiction.
But the Counsel to Saraki, Ajibola Oluyede, said that the case was refiled on Friday with the Senate President suing the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB.
In the suit, Saraki asked the court to declare that his arraignment and trial before the Code on Conduct Tribunal, CCT, falls short of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right and Section 36 of the Nigerian Constitution which guarantees his right to fair hearing and personal liberty.
He also asked the court to nullify the charges of false assets declaration pending against him.
The Senate President also wants the court to restrain the respondents from inviting, arresting or prosecuting him on the basis of any allegation arising from his tenure as governor of Kwara State from 2003 – 2011.
At a resumed hearing on Thursday at the CCT, all lawyers representing the Senate President withdrew from the case.
Their withdrawal followed the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to continue Saraki’s trial, a decision which the lawyers described as “judicial rascality”.
But the CCT ruled that it would give the Senate President one week to reconstitute his legal team and has adjourned till November 19.