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Ex-AGF Agabi leads 65 lawyers for Saraki

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tiamin rice

As the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki resumes Friday in Abuja, a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Mr. Kanu Agabi formerly takes charge of the legal team of the Senate President.

Saraki is standing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal for alleged false asset declaration and corruption.

At the resumed hearing, Mr. Agabi, filed a fresh motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Mr. Agabi said a copy of the application had been presented before the Ministry of Justice and was also addressed to the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs.

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He argued that the tribunal chair had an obligation to rule on the new application.

Citing section 396, of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, Mr. Jacobs objected to the application, saying the matter was not ripe for hearing, and that the application was a new development which he knew nothing about.

“The Ministry of Justice is not the prosecutor in this court,” Mr. Jacobs said.

Responding, Mr. Agabi pleaded with Mr. Jacobs and apologised for not personally handing the application to him.

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Another tribunal judge, William Atedze, urged Mr. Jacobs to indulge Mr. Agabi since he had apologised.

The tribunal adjourned the trial to  March I8.

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