Tuesday, April 5, 2016 1:52 pm
By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar has rejected the delaying tactics by lawyers to Senator Bukola Saraki to stall his trial and ruled that the trial must start immediately.
The Tribunal after analysing all the issues raised by lead defence counsel, Paul Usoro came to the conclusion that the trial could no longer be adjourned as the Tribunal already decided last week that it has jurisdiction to hear the case, a position that has been affirmed by the Supreme Court.
Umar said since the Tribunal ruled last week that the trial will commence today, it is ready to take the witnesses for the prosecution.
The first prosecution witness, a young man in black suit promptly took his position in the witness box.
But Usoro again asked the court for adjournment.
Umar said he had already thrown out his motion for adjournment and asked him to sit down.
Usoro persisted, arguing that he is coming into the matter for the first time and the lead counsel was not available.
He asked the court to adjourn to enable the lead counsel to come in or to enable him take proper instructions to proceed with the case.
Umar said the witness should be allowed to give his evidence in chief, then the cross examination can be postponed until the lead counsel appeared in court.