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JUDICIARY: Saraki Pleads “Not guilty” before Tribunal

By James Sunday 

LEGISREPORTS NG – Senate President Bukola saraki has taken his plea before the code of conduct tribunal sitting in Abuja.

Saraki who was docked today at the tribunal pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.

After taking his plea, saraki’s counsel moved  an application that  some time to be given so as to allow the accused “saraki” to instruct his lawyers appropriately since he is just been confronted with some facts on the charge sheet.

He also applied that Saraki be released to him on bail based on self recognition

And also asked that the bench warrant be vacated.

The tribunal chairman umar Danladi quashed the bench warrant saying that since the accused came to court on his own accord there was no need for the warrant to be effected

However, Rotimi Jacobs counsel to FG countered on the basis that the accused cannot be given more time saying that the accused has been given enough time and facilities

He also argued that the trial must be on a day to day basis.

The tribunal chair concluded that the accused will not be held and hence the issue of bail is inconsequential since he came of his own without been compelled.

However, Rotimi Jacobs still insisted on taking his case by providing evidence before any adjournment. This the tribunal granted.

While stating his case he asked for a 2 days clear trial.

The tribunal agreed that a date be taken so as to take pending applications along with the substantive suit

The tribunal however fixed October 21st, 22nd and 23rd for continuation of the trial.

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