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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 at 2:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A drama occurred Wednesday at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, as counsels argued over which case should be called first.

Senate President Bukola Saraki is undergoing trial for alleged false declaration of assets.

The tribunal had on Tuesday held that in line with the provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, Mr. Saraki’s trial will continue on a daily basis.

However, the trial of the of Former Minister of Niger Delta, Godsday Orubebe, had earlier been moved from April 14 to 20 for continuation of trial.

Messrs. Orubebe and Saraki were at the tribunal Wednesday.

At the opening of session, the tribunal’s chairman, Danladi Umar, attempted to start with Mr. Orubebe’s case, informing the tribunal that 30 minutes would be allocated for the matter.

But the prosecution counsel in Mr. Orubebe’s matter drew the attention of Mr. Umar to the fact that the lead counsel for Mr. Saraki was a highly revered senior advocate, and that as the practice of the bench demands, it was against the norm to start with a matter relating to junior counsel, even if he was a Senior Advocate too.

Mr. Umar sought the opinion of Mr. Orubebe’s counsel, Selekowei Larry, on the proposed decision to adjourn the matter.