A panel of Supreme Court judges led by Justice John Fabiyi has asked the Code of Conduct Tribunal to delay proceedings in the corruption trial of Nigeria’s Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The justices sitting in Abuja gave the hint after the Federal Prosecutor Rotimi Jacobs made a commitment before the court to stay proceedings at the CCT to enable the apex court to accelerate hearing of the appeal.
The Supreme Court justices accepted Mr. Jacobs commitment and agreed to expedite Mr. Saraki’s appeal at the court.
The Supreme Court position today meant that the November 19, 2015, hearing at the CCT would have to wait until the Supreme Court rules on the matter.
Justice Fabiyi did not give an adjourned date but asked the lawyer to the federal government to file its briefs within 7 days; the judge also gave Saraki’s attorney seven days to respond to the feds.
The lead judge said a new date will be communicated to the parties as soon all briefs are filed. SR