Nigerian civil group, Citizens United for Peace and Stability (CUPS) has completed plans to embark on a peaceful demonstration today in Nigeria’s Federal Capital of Abuja, protesting against the nation’s National Assembly under the leadership of Senate President Bukola Saraki who is currently undergoing trial with the Code of Conduct Tribunal on corruption charges.

As reported by Sahara Reporters, the group as at yesterday had already received over one million naira in donations to help with the protest which according to a statement signed by Dr. Idris Ahmed & Dr. Bunmi Awoyemi, will also be joined by Nigerian organizations in the diaspora in order to turn the protests into a global affair.

They also assured citizens that the necessary processes had been followed and the Inspector General of Police and the state Police Commissioner as well as the Director General of the Department of State Security, the Minister of FCTA, and the FRSC Marshal had already been informed of the protest to ensure that their officials are available to provide security for the protesters.

The Senate President who is represented by a team of 90 lawyers for his trial with the CCT is currently appealing the tribunal’s right to hear his case, as they have filed a stay of trial for tomorrow, Wednesday 27th April 2016, a move which if granted is believed will help the Senate President scuttle trial as the Sahara Reporters reports that “The Court of Appeal’s reopening of Mr. Saraki’s contention that the Code of Conduct Tribunal does not have the jurisdiction to try him has raised suspicions that the Senator’s associates may have reached some judges willing to help him scuttle his trial.”

Apart from being tried on corruption and false declaration of assets, the Senate President is also implicated in the leak of documents detailing how stolen government funds from his tenure in public office was diverted to offshore accounts. Despite numerous calls from both civil groups and individuals for his resignation from office as Senate President, Saraki has refused to step down and has said that he will neither resign nor can he be impeached.


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