The Senate President, Bukola Saraki will be sighing a temporary relief as his corruption trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has been adjourned indefinitely.
The reason for the adjournment is due to the absence of the star prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas.
Saraki’s trial was on May 25 adjourned till today, for the cross-examination of the witness, Michael Wetkas, to continue.
The tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, said the adjournment was to give the court time to hear other cases.
The prosecution and defence teams also said the break would allow them to prepare their cases better.
Further checks into why the star witness was absent at the trial revealed that the witness was testifying before Justice Ademola Adeniyi of an Abuja Federal High Court, in a matter brought against former governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido, and his two sons by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Daily Trust reports
This is contrary to reports in circulation that the witness' absence was because he needed rest or because of the Senate President's appeal at the appellate court,
Confirming the situation through an SMS to Daily Trust, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), said: "Our witness is busy before Hon. Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja in respect of Sule Lamido case".
As at the time of filing this report, no new date has been announced yet.
It will be recalled that an appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the jurisdiction of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to try him over alleged false and anticipatory assets declaration was yesterday stalled at the Court of Appeal, Abuja as the panel could not form a quorum.
One of the three-man panel of Judges who appeared for the matter, Justice Moo Adumie, had told the court that hearing on the application could not be held because the court cannot sit if a quorum is not formed.
While he did not give any reason why the two other judges were absent, Justice Adumie adjourned the matter to June 2, 2016 to enable the court form a quorum.