• Unneeded Adjournment of Saraki’s trial Unauthorized — CSNAC

    Unneeded Adjournment of Saraki’s trial Unauthorized — CSNAC

    The Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has explained as illegal the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal to adjourn the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for two months since November.

    This was contained in a petition dated November 30, and addressed to the tribunal’s chairman, Danladi Umar, the group alleged the adjournment from November 8 to January 11 goes against the provision of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

    The petition, signed by CSNAC’s chairman, Olanrewaju Suraju, condemned […]

  • I have other important things to do – CCT judge as he adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan

    I have other important things to do – CCT judge as he adjourns Saraki’s trial to Jan

    Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Tuesday adjourned the trial Senate President Bukola Saraki to January 11.

    Announcing the adjournment after sitting for only 30 minutes, Umar said he had “other important thing to attend to”.

    Before his announcement, Umar allowed Paul Usoro, Saraki’s counsel, to finish cross-examining Michael Wetkas, a detective of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and prosecution witness.

    Usoro cross-examined Wetkas on count 16 of the charge of false declaration of assets brought […]

  • CCB Act amendment has nothing to do with Saraki’s trial – Ndume

    CCB Act amendment has nothing to do with Saraki’s trial – Ndume

    Senate Leader, Alhaji Ali Ndume, said amendment of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) Act had nothing to do with ongoing trial of the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

    Reacting to the debate which the issue has generated among Nigerians, Ndume told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Tuesday that the National Assembly had no particular interest in the bill.

    “It is insulting on us to say that we are doing the bidding of Saraki, because laws are […]

  • CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial over motion seeking judge’s disqualification

    CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial over motion seeking judge’s disqualification

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, till June 21.

    The tribunal adjourned for the hearing of a fresh motion filed by Saraki seeking an order of the CCT disqualifying its Chairman, Danladi Umar, from further presiding over the case.

    Saraki filed his fresh application accusing Umar of bias based on the remark made by the tribunal chairman at the last proceedings on June 7, 2016, while warning the defence against […]

  • CCT fixes date for continuation of Saraki’s trial

    CCT fixes date for continuation of Saraki’s trial

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal has fixed June 7 to June 9 for the continuation of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

    Mr. Saraki is standing trial on a 16-count charge of alleged false asset declaration.

    The tribunal had on Wednesday, June 1, adjourned following a request by the prosecution counsel to adjourn to allow its key witness, Micheal Wetkas, attend to another matter at the Federal High Court.

    The chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, adjourned the trial, but failed […]

  • CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial until April 27

    CCT adjourns Saraki’s trial until April 27

    The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, until April 27 for continuation of cross examination of EFCC witness, Micheal Wetkas.

    The adjournment followed a one-week request by Saraki’s lawyer, Kanu Agabi (SAN), but was opposed by EFCC counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) and a three-day adjournment was consequently given.

    Earlier, Wetkas had said during cross examination by Paul Usoro (SAN), that the strength of the position of the investigation team was more on the statement […]

  • Evidence of bank documents to win saraki’s CCT trial got burnt by fire – EFCC witness

    Evidence of bank documents to win saraki’s CCT trial got burnt by fire – EFCC witness

    Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki returned to the dock yesterday with prosecution witness, Micheal Wetkas, a staff of the Eco­nomic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), telling the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) that some bank documents relating to account opening and other financial transactions of the Senate President were destroyed by fire.

    This is even as the Saraki filed a fresh application to stop his ongoing trial on charges of alleged false asset declaration. He is currently facing criminal trial at the […]

  • Saraki’s trial will now hold from 10am to 6pm everyday – CCT chairman declares

    Saraki’s trial will now hold from 10am to 6pm everyday – CCT chairman declares

    The trial of senate president, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has taken a new turn as the chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar directed on Monday that the trial will henceforth proceed day to day until the conclusion of the case.

    He also said the trial will begin 10am and end 6pm everyday.

    Umar, who gave this directive at the resumed hearing in the case, pointed out his resolve to carry out the trial day to day in line […]

  • Kwara PDP divided over Bukola Saraki’s trial

    Kwara PDP divided over Bukola Saraki’s trial

    The on-going trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki has led to a disagreement among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara State.

    Investigations showed that while the state PDP may have taken a position for continuation of the trial, some members oppose this stance.

    Already, some party members are using a new platform, Movement for Genuine Change (MGC) to organise rallies in support of Saraki’s prosecution.

    Reacting to the development in separate interviews in Ilorin, the state Chairman of the PDP, […]