By Sadiq Umar, Abuja – The Court of Appeal has dismissed the suit filed by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging his trial by the Code of Conduct Bureau Tribunal (CCT), affirming CCT competence to carry on with the trial.
Saraki who is being tried by the Tribunal over allegations of false asset declaration and 13 other charges, had sought to stop his trial questioning the propriety of CCT to try him.
But the three-man panel led by Justice Moore Adumein, held that the CCB Tribunal was properly constituted and has jurisdiction to adjudicate on the criminal allegations against Saraki.
The Court also ruled that the CCT was a court of criminal jurisdiction, with limited jurisdiction.
While juxtaposing the CCT with other courts, Justice Adumein declared that there was no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal, but noted that their difference lied in special cases brought before them.
Saraki had prayed the Appeal court on the ground of jurisdiction to dismiss the allegations against him at the CCT.
It would be recalled the Appeal court last week suspended indefinitely ruling on Saraki’s appeal.
Consequently, the CCT at its last hearing suspended its ruling pending the outcome at the Appeal Court.