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Again, Saraki Loses Bid to Stop Corruption Trial

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday dismissed the suit filed by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, to stop his trial on charges of false asset declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja.

The judgement, delivered by Justice Abdulkadir Abdu-Kafarati, was one in the series of recent decisions of the CCT and other courts dismissing the numerous legal actions filed by the Senate President at various levels of court asking for an order to stop his trial.
Saraki had, through the fundamental human rights enforcement suit, asked the court to quash the charges and nullify the proceedings before the CCT on the grounds that they were initiated in violation of his rights to fair hearing.
But Justice Abdu-Kafarati held in his judgement that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the suit since the prayers sought by the applicant were not available under Chapter 4, which deals with fundamental human rights.
The judge also ruled that the suit constituted an abuse of court process, the Supreme Court having earlier validated the trial of the Senate President before the CCT and that Saraki, having also filed similar application before the CCT.
The judge also dismissed the contention by Saraki that the charges instituted against him were borne out of political witch-hunt.