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BREAKING NEWS: Tribunal Orders Saraki’s Arrest

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Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, has issued a bench warrant for the arrest of Senate President, Bukola Saraki for failing to appear before‎ the court on Friday.

The Senate President, is a facing a 13-count charge of corruption and false declaration of assets. He had earlier procured an interim injunction‎ from the federal high court, Abuja, to temporarily stop his trial.

While presenting his brief, his lawyer‎, Mahmud Magaji (SAN), had asked the court to respect the subsisting order of the high court directing the chairman of the tribunal, the Code of Conduct Bureau, the mininstry of justice and Saraki to appear before it next Monday week.

However, Muslim Hassan, the prosecuting counsel who represents the federal government, argued that the high court does not have supervisory jurisdiction over the tribunal, adding that Saraki could not raise objections while he was absent from the court.

He there‎fore asked the court to immediately issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the senate president.

The tribunal granted Hassan’s‎ request, ordering Saraki’s arrest. Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, has been asked to produce him in court on Monday.

Source: the Cable