Saraki’s CCT Trial: Supreme Court berates FG lawyer over incompetent applications

The Supreme Court on Wednesday berated the federal government counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN) for filing an incompetent application in the appeal that emanated from false assets declaration suit brought against the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Saraki by the government.

The Counsel in a trinity application before the Apex Court challenging the ruling of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) and the Court of Appeal failed to file appropriate exhibits of the two lower courts along with other processes he filed in the court.

Apparently angered by the development at the resumed hearing of the appeal, the presiding judge, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Mohammed told the federal government’s counsel, that the court is disappointed that a lawyer of his standing could file such an incompetent application, knowing what the extant rules of the court were before such applications were filed.

Justice Mohammed said, “This court is disappointed that a lawyer of your standing should file such an incompetent application”, adding that the Supreme Court did not expect such an application from him.

Efforts to salvage the situation by the counsel failed as the panel of justices of the Apex Court insisted that the application was incompetent.

The federal government’s lawyer had earlier told the court that the exhibits are part of the records of the court filed, but he was berated that it is untenable excuse as he ought to know better the rules of governing the practice of the court.

the Court of Appeal had partly upheld the decision of the Danladi Yakubu Umar led Code of Conduct Tribunal by nullifying 15 out of the 18 count charges against the Senate President for being frivolous and unsustainable.

Saraki in his appeal is praying the Apex Court to uphold the decision of the Code of Conduct Tribunal made in his favour by nullifying and setting aside the entire 18 count charges against him.

However, the Federal government in its cross appeal filed through Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN is praying the court to restore the entire 18 count charges against Saraki on the ground that both the CCT and Court of Appeal erred in law in arriving at their decisions.