. Dr. Saraki had raised objections on the jurisdiction of the tribunal in the last sitting. Lawyer to the Senate President, Kanu Agabi, had argued that the 13-count charge was invalid procedurally because the Code of Conduct Bureau which filed the charges, failed to allow Dr. Saraki explain discrepancies in his assets declaration forms as required by law. The chairman of the tribunal, Danladi Umar, ruled that there was no breach of law as the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, 1989, still allows the Senate President to raise his clarifications at the level of the tribunal. The tribunal also ordered the prosecution to produce its witnesses. Mr. 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 federal government is being represented in the case by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, while Mr. Agabi is leading 80 other lawyers in Dr. Saraki’s Defence. In the charges instituted by the federal government, the Senate President is being accused of making false assets declaration in his forms submitted to the Code of Conduct Bureau as a two-term governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011. The trial has been adjourned till April the 5th, 2016.
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