The Abuja division of the Court of Appeal on Monday allowed a request by Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, to adjourn hearing in his appeal challenging the charge of false declaration of assets brought against him by the federal government.
That was after both the prosecution and the defence counsel engaged each other in legal fire power.
The intermediate appellate court consequently ruled in favour of Saraki and fixed October 6 as a new hearing date.
Although the appeal was slated for hearing, Saraki’s counsel, Chief Godwin Kanu Agabi, SAN, a former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), had argued a motion praying the court to adjourn hearing of the suit in view of the yearly vacation of the court which began last week.
Agabi told the justices that they deserved their vacation to rest having worked tirelessly in the past one year.
He also argued that since the court would not be able to give judgment during the vacation, there was no point hearing the matter so that judgment in the suit would not be hanging over their heads while on holiday.
The position of Saraki was however, vehemently opposed by the federal government which claimed that the Senate President had been granted three adjournments in the matter.
But Justice Abdul Aboki who presided cut-in and demanded from the federal government’s lawyer Mr. Rotimi Jacobs, SAN what he stood to lose if Saraki’s request was granted as prayed
He eventually agreed to the adjournment.
Justice Aboki in his brief ruling agreed with Saraki and adjourned hearing of the appeal till October 6 this year.