By Sadiq Umar -The embattled President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki has failed in his desperate bid to halt his trial for false asset declaration at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Saraki had previously made three separate fail moves to stop the CCT from proceeding with his trial.
Justice Abdul Kafarati of a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Friday dismissed Saraki’s application in which he claimed that the trail constitutes an infringement of his fundamental human right to fair trail and erosion of his office.
“I find that none of the claims fall within chapter four of the constitution”
“This court cannot interfere with the proceedings before the tribunal; it cannot also interfere with the duties of the respondents which have been imposed on them by law,” said Mr. Kafarati
Contrary to Saraki’s argument, the court also ruled that the CCT was properly constituted, therefore could hear the allegation preferred against the plaintiff.
The Court maintained that if Saraki’s application is granted, it would constitute a constitutional conflict with the ruling of the appellate Court and other higher court. He therefore held that there was no need in the first place to rule on the matter.
“It appears to me all that the applicant is trying to do is to stop his criminal trial at CCT. The CCT is a competent court to try the criminal matters,” he held.
“This court cannot interfere with the case at the tribunal which has power to try cases.
“It is not appropriate for the applicant to approach this court. This case is hereby dismissed.”