Court stops arraignment of Senate President Bukola Saraki, over assets declaration charges

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has summoned the Code of Conduct Bureau to appear before it on September 21, 2015 to show cause why it should not be restrained from arraigning Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over allegations bordering on false and improper declaration of assets allegedly acquired during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

The Senate President, who approached the court via an ex parte motion, wants the Federal Ministry of Justice, Code of Conduct Bureau, Code of Conduct Tribunal and Barrister M. S Hassan stopped from taking any further step to arraign or proffer any charge against him, pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit he filed before the court.

Council to the senate president, Mahmud Magaji- SAN, said his client is also praying the court to declare that the Ministry of Justice has not complied with the provision of the 3rd Schedule of Section 24 subsection 1 of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act to act before proffering a charge against him.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed, in a ruling in his chambers ordered the 1st to 4th respondents, which are Federal Ministry of Justice, Chairmen of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal and M. S Hassan to appear before him to show cause why they should not be stopped from arraigning Saraki.


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