The Senate President was noticeably absent at the commencement of his trial at the code of conduct trial this morning. Despite a Federal High Court order to the respondents to appear before the court on Monday, the trial kicked off.
Saraki’s absence prompted the Prosecutor, Mr.M.S Hassan to ask the tribunal to issue a bench warrant against the Senate President.
Saraki’s counsel argued that the Mr. M.S Hassan had no locus standii to institute the proceeding. The tribunal judge, Justice Danladi Umar went ahead to issue a bench warrant on the Senate President and asked the Inspector General of Police to arrest and produce Mr. Bukola Saraki in court on Monday.
Bukola Saraki is facing a 13 count charge stemming from an alleged false declaration of assets he filed at the code of conduct bureau.
Despite an appeal by Saraki’s counsel, Justice Danladi upheld the bench warrant