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FLASH | Wednesday’s Sitting Of Saraki’s CCT Trial May Be Deferred

There are strong indications that the ongoing trial of Nigeria’s Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) may not hold tomorrow Wednesday 1st June 2016 as initially scheduled by CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar.

Sources informed about the development told SIGNAL on Tuesday that the possible absence of the lead prosecution witness Micheal Wetkas could defer the planned sitting of the tribunal tomorrow as the defense counsels would have no prosecution witness to cross-examine.

Wetkas according to the source, would be present at another case at the Federal High Court where Justice Ademola Adeniyi would be presiding.

Recall that recently, the CCT had waited for hours for the arrival of Wetkas in court, a development observers have described as early signs of a prosecution running out of steam having exhausted itself in the course of a hurried and poorly presented prosecution of the Senate president’s case at the CCT.

“The CCT had hoped to dispense with the Senate President’s trial before May 29, 2016 and include it among the anti-corruption achievements of the current administration. But that deadline has since elapsed and it is no longer feasible. So, you have a case where the initial rush is beginning to wane and the prosecution seems to be getting worn out with the whole process”, an informed source who did not want to be named told SIGNAL.

More details to come.


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