Supreme Court Decides Date To Rule On Saraki's Case

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The court, in a ruling delivered by Justice Nnamdi Dimgba, rejected an ex-parte motion the embattled lawmaker filed for the Senate to maintain the status quo by putting all disciplinary actions against him in abeyance, pending the determination of his substantive suit.

However, the Court of Appeal in Abuja ruling on December 12, 2017, in an appeal filed by the Federal Government against the decision of the CCT, restored three out of the dismissed 18 counts and ordered Saraki to return to the CCT to defend the three charges.

In his adoption of final address at the court, the senate president insisted that the charges were brought against him in bad faith by the federal government because the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) empowered to investigate him on asset declaration matter did not do so as required by law.

Counsel to the Senate President, Mr Kanu Agabi, told the court that the law was not followed in filing the case against his client.

However, after a rigorous trial, the code of conduct tribunal, headed by Danladi Yakubu Umar discharged and acquainted Saraki on the ground that prima facie case was not established him.

Saraki subsequently headed to the Supreme Court praying it to dismiss all the charges.

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"I appeal to Senator Dino who took the matter to the Committee and all others who felt slighted to stand down the matter, he begged".

Saraki had approached the Supreme Court, asking it to dismiss the 18-count criminal charges of false assets declaration brought against him by the Federal Government.

It is not clear if Mr Saraki, as senate president, has such constitutional powers to disband a freely formed group, especially as the constitution guarantees freedom of association.

On January 14, 2018, the appellate court agreed in part with the lower court but held that he had a case to answer in counts 4, 5, and 6 which had to do with his purchase of properties in the Ikoyi area of Lagos State.

Saraki was in 2015 arraigned at the CCT on false assets declaration charges shortly after he emerged the president of the 8th senate.

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