SARAKI FINALLY APPEARS AT CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL – DECLARES “I HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE”

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has arrived the Code of Conduct Tribunal to face charges brought against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau.

SECURITY was unusually tight at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, this morning, as the Senate President and former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, is expected to appear before the Danladi Umar-led Tribunal.

Dr Saraki had already said, yesterday, that he would appear at the CCT today to answer to issues raised by the CCB.

This promise followed his failed judicial battle on Monday to stop his arrest and trial by the tribunal. He had approached the Court of Appeal to compel the Code of Conduct Tribunal to stay action on an order it made Friday for his arrest but this was turned down and he was ordered to surrender himself to the tribunal on Tuesday

Answering questions from journalists in Abuja, Senate President Saraki, who noted that he was prepared to submit himself to due process of the law on any issue concerning him said that he also believes that he has an inalienable right to resort to the same judiciary for protection when he feels his fundamental rights are about to be infringed upon.

I have nothing to hide

Asked if he would appear at the CCT, Senator Saraki said: “Well, with the ruling of the Appeal Court, I think based on legal advice we have exercised our right and being a law abiding citizen, the directive of the CCB is saying that one should be there tomorrow. I will be there. I have nothing to hide. One was exercising his own right both at the Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal. So we will be there.”

The Court of Appeal and the Federal High Court, both sitting in Abuja, yesterday, refused to shield the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki from being arraigned at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on a 13-count criminal charge bordering on false declaration of assets preferred against him. The Senate President had approached both courts to provide him shelter and save him from being docked.

Culled from http://www.vanguardngr.com/

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