*Accuse CCT of judicial rascality
It was drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), on Thursday when its insistence to continue with proceedings in the trial of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, despite the appeal on the matter at the Supreme Court, led to the withdrawal of all the lawyers handling the matter on behalf of the Senate President.
The lawyers, citing what they called judicial rascality, could not fathom a situation where the CCT could override the issues being canvassed at the apex court, a disregard of what they consider standard legal procedure for a lower court to await the outcome of a higher judicial authority in matters of appeal.
It even became more curious to the lawyers, given that the same tribunal, had previously deferred to this practice by adjourning proceedings in respect of a similar matter in the Court of Appeal.
The tribunal, which agreed more with the prosecution that Saraki’s intent was to stall his trial by going on appeal and that the new law in Nigeria authorised it to continue with the case simultaneously with the appeals, struck out the motion for it to stay action on the matter.
Even the plea of the Senate President that he be given a month to assemble another legal team, was dismissed, as he was given only a week to do so, with the tribunal adjourning till November 19.
Proceedings at the tribunal on Thursday, had witnessed ntense arguments between Saraki’s lawyers, led by Mahmoud Magaji (SAN), and that of the prosecution, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), on the issue, with Magaji reminding the tribunal about the pending case at the apex court and Jacobs, insisting that the new provisions in the current administration of criminal justice act, permitted the it to go ahead with the trial in spite the appeal.