SARAKI TRIAL: COURT JUDGEMENT BINDING ON US — FG COUNSEL

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rotimi jacobs counsel to the federal government

Rotimi Jacobs counsel to the Federal Government in a suit instigated against President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki,  has said the supreme Court judgment dismissing it charges against the Senate President is binding on everyone.

Rotimi Jacobs counsel to the Federal Governmentsaid this while reacting on Friday to the Judgement of the apex court.

Also read COURT DISMISSES BUKOLA SARAKI’S CCT TRIAL

“That’s the decision of the apex court, and the being a decision of the apex court, it is binding on everyone, it is binding on me, it is binding on my client,” Jacobs said.

“So the question whether I’m satisfied, it is not the question of my own satisfaction, it is a question of law.”

It will be recalled that the CCT had struck out the alleged false assets declaration charges against the senate president but the federal government filed an appeal.

But in its ruling on Friday, Centus Unweze, a judge, upheld the verdict of the CCT.

Last year, Danladi Umar, chairman of the tribunal, terminated Saraki’s trial after an application by the senate president.

Umar dismissed the entire 18 counts preferred against the senate president on the grounds that the prosecution, with its four witnesses and 49 exhibits tendered, only led hearsay evidence.

But the federal government appealed the ruling and on December 12, 2017, the court of appeal asked Saraki to enter defence for three counts.

Saraki proceeded to the supreme court to challenge appeal court’s decision.

At the apex court ruling, Unweze said the appeal court was wrong to have asked the senate president to enter defence for three counts at the CCT.

He described the appeal court’s decision as “judicial equivalent of a forensic somersault”.

Kanu Agabi, counsel to Saraki, said: “I just want to say we are grateful to God, we are grateful to supreme court. This matter is over, let there be peace in our country.”

Saraki ordeal started after the last general election when he emerged as the Senate President against the directives of his party All Progressives Congress (APC).

 

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