Saraki’s Trial: Again, Tribunal dismisses Senate President’s application for chairman to step down

Senate President Bukola Saraki CCB Trail
Senate President Bukola Saraki CCB Trail

The Code of Conduct Tribunal on Wednesday dismissed an application filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki demanding the tribunal chairman, Danladi Umar, dismiss himself from the trial.

Mr. Saraki is facing trial on a 16-count charge of false asset declaration.

The trial continued Wednesday, after it was adjourned in July following the annual vacation by workers in the judiciary.

Before the break, Mr. Saraki had through his counsel called for the resignation of Mr. Umar from the matter, alleging that the chairman was biased.

Mr. Saraki alleged that comments from Mr. Umar suggested an obvious consequence on the outcome of the trial.

The lawmaker’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, told the tribunal that his client was afraid of “final consequence” on the matter if Mr. Umar carried on with the trial.

‎In his ruling, however, Mr. Umar said the tribunal was the same as its chairman, hence he could not excuse himself from the matter.

“The application to recuse myself has not been contemplated in the constitution. In the absence of a chairman, this trial cannot go on; therefore I cannot recuse myself.

“The chairman is the tribunal, without the chairman there is no tribunal.

“The application of the applicant is founded on mere conjecture. The application of the applicant is not well-founded and is hereby dismissed.”

It is the second time the tribunal is dismissing an application from Mr. Saraki for the chairman to withdraw from the matter.

The tribunal had in April dismissed an application brought by Mr. Saraki requesting that Mr. Umar steps down following allegations of fraud levelled against him (Mr. Umar).

But that application was dismissed for lacking in merit.


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  • Juris Doctor

    The Chairman of the Tribunal hearing Bukola Saraki’s case is a great man on a distinguished road.

    The Judge has followed case law to the letter that not every remark by a Judge is a disqualifying ground.

    • Congo leaf–Igbo dey work

      Efcc closes her eyes to the new corruption allegations flying around at the head of CCTC tribunal chairman, Mr. Umar and his personal assistant, Ali Abdullai Gambo, who was once docked by the same EFCC- FCT High Court on charges of conspiracy, bribery and abuse of office.

      Mr. Gambo’s arrest and subsequent arraignment followed a petition that he received a bribe of N1.8m on behalf of the tribunal chairman ostensibly to quash a case before the CCT.

      The EFCC alleged that Mr. Gambo, sometime in August, 2013 in Abuja, made a confessional statement to investigators that the petitioner, indeed, paid the money into his Zenith account on December, 12, 2012.

      He, however, claimed that the money was payment made by the petitioner to assist him offset his father’s medical bill. But, he could not give any sensible reason why an accused being prosecuted by the tribunal where he worked would want to support him financially.

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  • Egbon Alabi

    I feel sorry for Bukola Saraki. He cannot see the wood for the trees. He is a gonna. There’s no escape. He’s done for.
    So long as the properties in issue were not disclosed on the Code of Conduct Form, as required by law, he will face
    the consequences he’s complaining of hearing in advance. The Tribunal Chairman Danladi Umar is quite right to
    warn of those ‘consequences’. In fact, never in history has a Judge been disqualified for alerting a defendant to
    what the law states as ‘consequences’ for concealment of mandatorily disclosable assets. It was very naive of
    Bukola Saraki to expect that his case could be stalled on such a no-brainer application to disqualify a Judge.
    Nigerians will jump for joy later this month once Bukola Saraki is decided with judgment according to law.
    Bukola Saraki himself should know that he cannot be a law-breaker and a law-maker at the same time.

    • ???asking questions

      WHERE DID BUKOLA SARAKI EARN 65 MILLION DOLLARS HE DEPOSITED IN PANAMA,
      WHILST WORKING FULL TIME AS PUBLIC SERVANT ON MONTHLY SALARY IN NIGERIA?

      BUKOLA SARAKI CAN’T ANSWER THAT SIMPLE QUESTION TILL TODAY AFTER HE FIRST LIED
      PUBLICLY AND SAID IT BELONGS TO HIS WIFE’S FATHER – A STATEMENT WHICH THE PANAMA
      MONEY-LAUNDERING LAWYERS HAVE PROMPTLY DENIED IN A PRESS STATEMENT AS FALSE.

      • saraki pikin

        Maybe U think Sarakis parents are as poor as your mom and dad

        • Ade Omowest

          No wonder for your reply as “U be Ole (saraki) pikin”. ‘So na ur grand papa stole the money ehhhn’?

        • monti

          Thief.
          Onye oshi

  • Amaechi Nko

    Efcc closes her eyes to the new corruption allegations flying around at the head of CCTC tribunal chairman, Mr. Umar and his personal assistant, Ali Abdullai Gambo, who was once docked by the same EFCC- FCT High Court on charges of conspiracy, bribery and abuse of office.

    Mr. Gambo’s arrest and subsequent arraignment followed a petition that he received a bribe of N1.8m on behalf of the tribunal chairman ostensibly to quash a case before the CCT.

    The EFCC alleged that Mr. Gambo, sometime in August, 2013 in Abuja, made a confessional statement to investigators that the petitioner, indeed, paid the money into his Zenith account on December, 12, 2012.

    He, however, claimed that the money was payment made by the petitioner to assist him offset his father’s medical bill. But, he could not give any sensible reason why an accused being prosecuted by the tribunal where he worked would want to support him financially.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    Chief lawmaker trying to be chief law breaker. Saraki why are you afraid to stand trial after all you have no case in another case you innocent. Then face it once and for all,after all orubebe faced his own and just lost one house. Try be a man enough to face your trial.

    • Hank

      Saraki could not steal in United States (a civilized country with high IQ leaders), so he took his criminal mind to the jungles of Africa with low IQ leaders (Nigeria) to execute his plans and he may get away with it.

      • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

        Well,let’s see how he gets out of it. Since all his antics have continue to hit a brick wall. Even if we have been having zombies as leaders,things have since changed otherwise all these will have been swept under the carpet.

  • Man_Enough

    Brilliant reasoning, brilliant judgment!

    • Hank

      Brilliant reasoning for a criminal mind! Hopefully the brilliant judgment will get enough support from brilliant people to put him way for life.

  • Hank

    Only in Nigeria. Low IQ educated criminals with low IQ on economic development…shameless fools to the world and a disgrace to Africa and the black race!