The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday halted further proceedings in the false assets declaration trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki to await the decision of the Supreme Court in pending appeals relating to the case.
CCT Chairman Danladi Umar announced an indefinite adjournment in the trial , which was earlier scheduled for parties to adopt their final written addresses.
The CCT had earlier ended the trial abruptly when on June 14, 2017, it upheld the no-case submission made by Saraki to the effect that the prosecution was unable to establish its case against him.
Upon an appeal by the prosecution, the Court of Appeal, Abuja, in a judgment on December 12, 2017, partially set aside the CCT’s decision on Saraki’s no-case submission.
The Court of Appeal upheld the CCT’s decision in respect of 15 out of the 18 counts contained in the charge against Saraki, on the grounds that the prosecution failed to establish a prima facie case to warrant the defendant to be called to enter his defence in relation to the 15 counts.
In relation to the remaining three counts, the Court of Appeal held that the prosecution led sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case against Saraki, and ordered him to enter his defence on the three counts.
Saraki appealed to the Supreme Court on the portion of the Court of Appeal judgment ordering him to enter defence in relation to the three counts.
He prayed the Supreme Court to restore the CCT decision, upholding his no-case submission.
The prosecution cross-appealed at the Supreme Court the portion of the Court of Appeal judgment, which voided 15 of the 18 counts in the charge against Saraki.
It urged the Supreme Court to restore all the 18 counts and order Saraki to enter defence in respect of all the counts.
The defence, led by Kanu Agabi (SAN), also said the Supreme Court had on Wednesday invited parties to appear for the hearing of the appeals on Thursday, March 15.