Saraki: CCT chairman retracts, says trial will no longer proceed daily

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, docked by the Code of Conduct Bureau
Senate President, Bukola Saraki, docked by the Code of Conduct Bureau

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, has retracted his earlier stance that the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki will be held daily.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Wednesday, Mr. Umar told counsel that the tribunal had other matters to attend to.

He was responding to an application made by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, that the matter be allowed to continue daily.

Mr. Jacobs had asked the tribunal to adjourn the trial to next week to allow him time call his next witness.

He explained that some of his witnesses were far from the Nigerian capital and would require some time to arrive‎ in Abuja.

He also asked the tribunal to deliver a ruling that the trial would continue from next week on a day-to-day basis.

Delivering his ruling on the application, Mr. Umar adjourned the case to next week to allow the witnesses arrive Abuja, but added that the request for a day-to-day trial could not be granted.

“I’m‎ going to adjourn this matter to next week, but it cannot go on from day to day. We have other cases,” he said.

The tribunal chairman had on April 18 refused an application by Mr. Saraki’s lead counsel, Kanu Agabi, for the trial to hold within the periods when Mr. Saraki would be free from his primary engagement as Senate President.

Overruling Mr. Agabi’s application then, Mr. Umar said the president of the Senate was the one facing trial not the Senate. He then ordered a daily trial of the senate president who is accused of false asset declaration while he was governor.

The case was adjourned to January 17.


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  • Abidilagungun

    Hmmmm… settlement is working. Corruption is fighting back…Lol!

  • www.electionoffenders.ng

    The Nigerian People Are NOT Victims of The Political Class, They Are Collaborators.

    The Nigerian People Tolerate, Collaborate & Encourage The Political Class to Loot, Plunder and Rape Nigeria.

    Nigerian People should STOP complaining. They are getting what they ask for.

    In NORMAL Countries, The People Fight Their Oppressors, In Nigeria, We Embrace Them!

    Nigerian People Love Pain and Hardship.

  • Anti-Corruption Coalition

    DEAR EDITOR,

    Repeal and replace puisne Judge Danladi Umar

    Mr. Danladi Umar took three [3] whole months to write a ruling on that simple application for recusal.
    In all judiciary all around the world a motion for recusal is often easily disposed off in one sentence
    or in one-paragraph (as bench ruling) possibly on the same day it is filed.

    In fact a recusal ruling is often issued in chambers and merely served on the counsel without need
    for time-wasting hearing in the open court. But our subdued and fretful Mr. Danladi Umar adjourned
    the case of Bukola Saraki for three months, just to write a ruling on a simple motion for recusal.

    In October when he eventually scribbled a meaningless and longish order as his ruling –
    when just one sentence could do – he adjourned the entire Bukola Saraki case again for three
    weeks. Next, he listed the case for first week November, heard the testimony of just one witness;
    then immediately adjourned again for another two months. Quite obviously, there’s no longer any
    sense or judicial drive in Mr. Danladi Umar. He should be repealed and replaced.

    • Burbank

      Just as Saraki himself had always wanted?

      Unlikely

  • Eze

    corruption is indeed fighting back. I pity this nation. I didn’t believe that this governemnt will be so quick at rubbing us shit on our faces after all we went through in the hands of Jonathan. what a shame called country.

  • kusanagi

    This trial was doomed from the beginning. I think we’re now free to say Buhari’s war on corruption is over. Even Dasuki should just bide his time. The next regime will take pity and set him free.

    We are doomed as a nation. Doomed.

    • Burbank

      Nigeria was doomed for the 16 years PDP was in power.

      • kusanagi

        Agreed. But we find ourselves no better off under APC.

        It could be argued that this Govt is all PR and gimmicks. Anti corruption crusade; really? Abba Kyari fighting corruption? Give me a break.

        Buhari’s carried the country into a recession. Usually these things are unavoidable. Buhari with his policies did this willingly. Lost all faith in him. Need a new election pronto. Won’t be voting for him again. His hearts in the right place. But mind isn’t quite right.

        • Burbank

          “Buhari’s carried the country into a recession.”

          So are Belgium Taiwan Russia Malaysia Spain Ireland; all are in recession!

          But you can vote for PDP’s Ali Modu Sheriff next time – that’s the beauty of democracy.

  • thusspokez

    The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, has retracted his earlier stance that the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki will be held daily.

    Clearly, anyone could see that Umar has no control on this case anymore; someone else is pulling the strings.

    It is a great disappointment to people who had initially trusted him to do the right thing, but now he seems to have been compromised. But it is not too late for Danladi Umar to restore public faith in him by resigning; and publishing his memoirs on this case and what drove him to resign. Meanwhile Buhari’s fight against corruption could be described as on life support.

    • Burbank

      And replaced Danladi Umar with the likes of Muazu Pindiga?

      No thanks!

  • absam777

    Corruption is fighting corruption.

  • absam777

    Devil cannot fight Devil, so Jesus said ( a paraphrase) In the same way Corruption can not fight corruption.

  • otunga

    Anti corruption war my ass!!

  • Shetty

    Death on arrival, it was fortold by Sahara reports that there was an agreement between Abba Kyari and Saraki to stop magu comfirmation and then get a soft landing and this is what is coming to pass .

  • Abdul-yakeen Mufutau

    All I am sure of is that there are thousands and one person’s who might have done what Saraki did in Kwara in every state in Nigeria. Why not bring the other Sarakis in other states before this panel? If CCT does not bring them to book, the observers and commentators cannot be stopped from saying that Sarai’s Trial is Politically Motivated.
    We have been informed that the ex-presidents and vice-president were also collecting pensions, and provision were made for them in the previous and current budge, then why trying Sarakisin alone?
    If the trial is not biased, one-sided and politically motivated, I think we need to redefine Corruption in Nigeria.
    May Almighty God, Allah (SWT) continues to bless Nigeria and makes us to benefit from a, Amen.