The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki has been adjourned till next Friday March 18, 2016, when the prosecution and the defence counsel are expected to argue a motion on the jurisdiction of the Tribunal.
Represented by 66 counsels, including six senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs), Saraki arrived in court before 10am and was docked.
His new lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, who is a former attorney-general of the federation, moved the motion challenging the jurisdiction. He however did not serve it on the prosecution before hand. This upset the FG lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs.
However after much pleas, the Tribunal chair Danladi Umar asked Agabi to serve the motion on the FG team and it would now be argued next Friday. Jacobs wanted arguments to be held on Monday, but Agabi asked for a week’s adjournment, saying that as an old man who will be 70 in two days, he may not be able to respond to the prosecutor’s brief on time.
As usual, a host of senators and supporters accompanied the Senate President to the Tribunal.