A Federal High Court in Abuja has rejected a fresh application by Senate President Bukola Saraki seeking an order of interim injunction halting his trial on charges of false assets declaration preferred against him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
Rather than grant the ex parte application filed and moved by the Senate President’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, on Monday (November 16), Justice Abdulkadir Abdul-Kafarati ordered the respondents to the suit to appear before the court on Friday to show cause why the prayers sought by Saraki should not be granted.
A copy of the order sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday showed that the fresh suit was filed by Saraki the same day a similar one which he filed before Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Lagos Division of the Federal High Court was struck out for lack of jurisdiction.
Justice Buba had struck out the suit on the grounds that it ought to have been filed in Abuja where he said was the place issues that were being complained of by Saraki arose instead of Lagos.
The Supreme Court had earlier on November 12 granted an order of stay of proceedings of Saraki’s trial before the CCT, pending when his main appeal challenging the competence of the charges and the jurisdiction of the tribunal to try him would be determined by the apex court.
The 11 respondents to the fresh suit are Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase.
Others are the Code of Conduct Bureau, the CCT; the CCT chairman, Danladi Umar; Mr. Ataedzeagu Adza, CCB chairman, Mr. Sam Saba; Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Diri, and a Deputy Director in the ministry, Mr. Muslim Hassan.
Source - PUNCH