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CCT Chairman Dismisses Saraki’s Application Seeking His Disqualification

Justice Umar Danladi - Saraki
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The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal has dismissed the application filed by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki seeking his withdrawal from his trial, holding that the application lacks absolute merit.

In his ruling, Justice Umar said that the Attorney-General of the Federation has no powers to investigate any person. It is only the security and law enforcement agencies that have that power and it is only when they have concluded their investigation that the Attorney-General can prosecute.

Justice Umar said that in the instant case, the EFCC which carried out the investigation of the Chairman of the CCT has come out to say that it has no case against the Chairman.

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The letter referred to by the defence was an interim report which was made to the Attorney-General in 2014 and that a further correspondence by the anti-graft agency indicated clearly that the Chairman has been cleared because there was no sufficient evidence against him.

Finally, he added that it is to be noted that the letter of June 2015 supersedes that of March 5, 2014.

Therefore, the tribunal holds that the application lacks absolute merit and is hereby dismissed in its entirety.

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