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CCT Shifts Saraki’s Trial to March 11

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, on Tuesday rescheduled the resumption of the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, from March 10 to 11 March, 2016.

The Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT, Ibraheem Al-hassan, said in a statement said the new date was fixed following a request by Saraki’s new lead counsel, Chief Kanu Agabi, SAN.

Al-hassan said the new counsel to the Senate President pleaded with the tribunal to reschedule the trial because he has other urgent court matters to attend to on March 10.

Agabi conveyed his request to the CCT in a letter dated February 26, 2016.

The letter reads, ‘‘I write as lead counsel to the above defendant (Saraki) to apply that the matter, which is now scheduled to come up on the 10th day of March 2016, subject to the convenience of the honourable tribunal and learned counsel for the prosecution, be taken on the 11th day of March, 2016, due to my earlier and urgent commitments in other courts on the 10th.

‘‘I will sincerely appreciate the indulgence of the tribunal to accommodate me in this way.”

The CCT had last month fixed March 10 for resumption of proceedings shortly after the Supreme Court dismissed Saraki’s appeal challenging his trial at the tribunal.

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