NIGERIA: ‘We are happy with Supreme Court’s decision on Senate President’s case,’ Tribunal says

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has said that it’s delighted at the Supreme Court’s ruling that the case against Senate President, Bukola Saraki should continue.

The apex court reached the decision today, February 5, 2016, after dismissing Saraki’s appeal.

The Senate President is facing charges of asset declaration fraud before the Tribunal.

“The trial will continue from where it stopped‎. We just have to respect the judgment of the Supreme Court at that time it ruled we should stay action, and we did stay action,” CCT spokesman, Ibrahim Alhassan told The Cable.

“The chairman along with the other‎ member will have to sit down and study the scenario and decide on a date the trial will continue. Certainly, I assure you the case will continue. What stalled it was the order of Supreme Court, but now it has given us the go ahead.

“We must be happy. It is all about the institution of the CCT, and not about an individual.

“If the judgment had gone the other way round, our jurisdiction would have been stunted‎, and we will not have the capacity to continue with our tasks. Everybody should be happy, especially now that we are in the era of fighting corruption,” Alhassan said.

Saraki on his part expressed disappointment at the court’s decision adding that he will defend himself at the tribunal when the time comes.

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