Saraki’s trial: S’Court flays FG

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THE protracted trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki for false declaration of assets, yesterday, took another twist as Supreme Court berated the federal government in its prosecution of the matter.

This time around, the apex court picked holes in an application filed by counsel to federal government, Chief Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) describing it as “incompetent.”

Jacobs in an application before the apex court challenging the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and the Court of Appeal, failed to file appropriate exhibits of the two lower courts’ judgements along with other processes he filed in the court.

Visibly miffed with the development at the resumed hearing of the appeal, Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, told the federal government counsel that the court is disappointed that a lawyer of his standing could file such an incompetent application knowing what the extant rules of the court are before such applications are filed.

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“This court is disappointed that a lawyer of your standing should file such an incompetent application”, Justice Mohammed said.

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He added that Supreme Court was totally disappointed with Jacobs for filing such application as he did.

The court adjourned hearing in the appeal indefinitely until new date is communicated to counsel on both sides.

Saraki is asking the apex court to uphold the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal made in his favour by nullifying and setting aside the entire 18-count charges against him.

However, the federal government, in its cross-appeal,is praying the court to restore the entire 18-count charges against Saraki on the ground that both the CCT and Court of Appeal erred in their decisions.

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