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CCT to hear Saraki’s case on day-to-day

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Even as the Senate intensifies moves to amend the Code of Conduct Bureau/Tribunal Act (cct), the Tribunal hearing the false assets declaration case of Senate President, Bukola Saraki has said that it would hold a day-to-day hearing on the 13-count criminal charge.

Justice Danladi Umar made the order on Monday at the resumed hearing of the matter, shortly before he stood down the matter for hearing by 12noon today.

He said, “Let me state it here for both the prosecution and the defence that the trial of the defendant shall proceed on a day-to-day basis till the conclusion of this matter and it will begin from 10am to 6pm”, Justice Umar held.

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The case was however stood-down following the absence of the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, who was said to be handling another matter at the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.

Another lawyer, Mr. Gabriel Esegina who held brief for Jacobs, begged the court for an hour stand-down to enable Jacobs personally conduct the trial.

The CCT Chairman after initially rejecting the application, eventually succumbed to pressure from both Esegina and Saraki’s lawyer, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.

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