By Dipo Awojobi – The Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki has lost a bid to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
In a ruling on Thursday, The Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, dismissed the application filed by the senate president to quash the charges of false declaration of assets brought against him by the federal government.
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki had at the last sitting of the Tribunal raised objections about the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal. But at its sitting on Thursday, the Tribunal ruled that it has jurisdiction to try the Senate President for the alleged offence.
The Chairman of the Tribunal, Danladi Umar, said it does not matter how long a crime was committed as the federal government can initiate criminal proceeding anytime the crime is uncovered.
The tribunal also ordered the prosecution to produce its witnesses.