The Court of Appeal today in Abuja dismissed an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to stop his triple before the Code of Conduct tribunal. Saraki has lodged an appeal seeking to dismiss the corruption charges brought against him by the tribunal.
In its ruling, the Court of Appeal upheld the authority of the Code of Conduct tribunal to try Saraki, who is facing a 13-count charge of false declaration of assets.
The Senate President denies the charges.
According to the Court of Appeal “The CCT is a court of criminal jurisdiction, albeit limited jurisdiction. There is no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal. The only difference is that tribunals in most cases handle special cases”.
The three-member panel of judges, led by Moore Adumein, also ruled that the tribunal was properly constituted – another kernel of Mr. Saraki’s appeal.