The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja on this morning dismissed the appeal brought by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki against his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.
The Appeal Court, which dismissed the argument of Saraki that the CCT was not a court of competent jurisdiction to handle the criminal charges preferred against him, ruled that, “The CCT is a court of criminal jurisdiction, albeit limited jurisdiction.”
The three-man panel of judges led by Moore Adumein held that the tribunal was properly constituted to try the Senate President, adding that “The immediate question is whether it is a court or not. There is no inherent difference between a court and a tribunal. The only difference is that tribunals in most cases handle special cases.
“The tribunal has power to impose sanctions according to the law. It is a court with specific criminal jurisdiction,” it asserted.