The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) sitting in Abuja on Tuesday said it was not going to accept the application the Federal Government sent for the trial of Senator Peter Nwaoboshi over alleged non-declaration of assets.
CCT said the application, entitled “Re: CCT /ABJ/02/19 FRN V Senator Peter Nwaoboshi” and dated June 20 was full of defects and that it has returned the case-file to the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Nwaoboshi is a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator and represents Delta North.
The Nigerian Government had in its application against the senator signed by a principal state counsel at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Labaran Magaji, accused Nwaoboshi of refusing to declare three bank accounts that he maintained with Sterling Bank (Nigeria) Ltd since 2015.
However, a statement by Ibraheem Alhassan, press and public relations officer of the CCT, said the tribunal had to reject the application against Nwaoboshi due to defects.
“Please recall that you filed an application to commence trial in the above named suit on the 17th of June, 2019.
“I am however directed by the Hon. Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal to return the application filed due to the following:-
“Non-compliance with paragraph 3 (2) (i) (iii) and (iv) of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Practice Direction 2017 in that:-
“(I) No name of witness(s) is listed on the application; the CCB staff so stated without given a name and address is vague.
“ii. Since accounts are involved, a Sterling Bank Official ought to be listed as witness with attached statement of witness(s).
“These are some of the defects along with others not mention”.
It will be recalled that FG had through the Office of the Department of Public Prosecutions, entered three-count charge against Senator Nwaoboshi,” the statement read.
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