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Saraki Trial: Counsel Seeks Bench Warrant Against Senate President
The prosecuting counsel for the federal government in the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, M. S. Hassan, has asked the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the Senate President for refusing to attend the trial.
Saraki is standing trial on a 13-count charge bordering on anticipatory declaration of asset, false declaration of assets, among others, to the tune of more than N2 billion from 2003 to 2012.
The Senate President was scheduled to appear at the commencement of his trial at the CCT but he failed to show up.
Saraki’s counsel, Joseph Daudu, objected to the prosecution’s application, arguing that a subsisting court case be discharged first before the CCT hearing can begin.
The Tribunal chairman has adjourned trial for two hours.