Saraki’s corruption trial: Tribunal fixes October 5 for ruling on fresh application

Saraki Accused Box

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Monday fixed October 5, 2016, for a ruling on a motion by the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki.

Mr. Saraki had on June 14 filed the motion seeking to halt hearing on the criminal charges pending against him, alleging lack of confidence in the impartiality of Mr. Umar.

The charges bordered on false and anticipatory declaration of assets as well as running of foreign bank accounts while governor of  Kwara State from 2003 to 2011.

In his motion, Mr. Saraki said Mr. Umar expressed bias when he warned of the consequences of the frustrating tactics of the defence team.

No amount of efforts made to frustrate the trial would “reduce the consequences the defendant will meet in this tribunal at the end of the trial,” Mr. Umar said at the resumed hearing on June 7.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson,  Ibraheem Al-Hassan, the tribunal also fixed September 21 for judgement in the case of a former Minister of Niger-Delta Affairs, Godsday Orubebe.

Mr. Orubebe faces a one-count amended charge that he failed to declare his ownership of a property at Plot 2057 Asokoro District, Abuja.

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  • Thus says The Elder

    I believe this trial will outlast the regime of PMB with little or no consequence. This has been the characteristic feature of all political trials and prosecutions in Nigeria.

    • Tunji. O. Williams

      @thussaystheelder:disqus

      Bukola Saraki is just clutching at straws to kick the can down the road, postpone proceedings;
      and hopefully evade liability on a trial on the merits for fraud. He is fooling himself. The Judge
      has scheduled a ruling for October 5th. Irrelevant hurdles must be put out of the way to decide
      Bukola Saraki’s ultimate liability under the law. Nobody is interested at all in Saraki’s shenanigan.

      • 555Cornell

        BUKOLA SARAKI AS SENATE PRESIDENT WILL BECOME HISTORY BEFORE NOVEMBER 30TH.

        • Apostel

          Hope you are right.

          • JSA1

            SO SHALL IT BE! AMEN!

    • QDouglas

      Signed, sealed and delivered of no case against Saraki. The case is FAKE. Another impunity of the elites. Shame on them for wasting our money on this.

    • Fine Boy

      You really know the trend of Nigeria court process

      Buhari anti corruption war might just end up like Oputa panel

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      For some reason, that was the same thought that went through my mind as I read the news.

      Truly sad.

  • JP

    Umar is the problem in this trial. I guess he is working for Saraki by making careless and childish comment during the trial thus giving Saraki opportunity to seek for his disqualification at every available opportunity thus prolong the trial.

    • Violadread

      Bukola Saraki is the worst specie of Nigerians. He wants to be let off to go home rather than locked in prison for robbing his country and expecting to be praised for it and honoured for fraud as EXCELLENCY Senate President virtually for stealing the 50 million dollars plus cash he hid away in bank accounts in Panama. He will be removed as Senate President once convicted later this year by the Code of Conduct Tribunal. That is the punishment prescribed by law. Bukola Saraki will then be removed from the entire Senate for a fresh election in Kwara state from which he is to be barred from ever contesting for the next 10 years. That is what the Code of Conduct law prescribes as penalty.

  • ‘Excelsis’

    @disqus_Bmuqn7Asf2:disqus

    But i wonder
    why the Tribunal Judge chose to set a motion ruling first if the Tribunal could
    lawfully have progressed hearing to final judgment and decide likelihood of
    bias with the final question of Bukola Saraki’s gross violation of the Code of
    Conduct of Law through fraudulent concealment of his dubious assets,

    At any rate,
    the Tribunal need not waste time on this irrelevant motion on likelihood
    of bias. Members of the public don’t see any bias in the truthful statement by
    Judge Umar that Bukola Saraki’s delaying tactics will not “reduce the
    consequences the defendant (Bukola Saraki) will meet in this tribunal at the
    end of the trial”. That is a statement of fact. The law is the consequence, not
    the Judge who is merely to apply the law against fraudulent acquisition of
    assets by a public official who goes on to actively conceal those assets.

  • ijelejames

    There is a problem with this court. They are very slow and childish. Sometimes one wonders if these are grown people.

    • Ochai

      @ijelejames:disqus: Abi O! Why do you need six months to decide that Bukola Saraki is a career criminal?

      Why waste time on whether the houses he hid away are 44b and 44a or Plot 65 and Plot 66, why that?

      The important thing is this: Is Bukola Saraki a thief or not? If the answer is yes, then give him 12 years.

  • asimani

    This is showing us one thing – that Buhari’s government does not have the guts or integrity to prosecute even one corruption case. Period. Didn’t Buhari say this time last year that he was going to set up special courts in every state capital to handle corruption cases speedily? Why did he back track? Because he found that most of the thieves are his fellow hausa-fulani. Didn’t he also say that he had directed the Nigerian embassy in Dubai to compile a list of Nigerians hiding money in the United Arab Emirates. Where’s that list? Well, we now know first on the list is his army chief Buratai, who owns houses in Dubai. Didn’t he say he was going to publish the names of looters from whom they recovered about $9 billion. Why did he go back unapologetically on that too? Because most of the looters are his hausa/Fulani. Southerners in future will regret their failure to unite and separate from these idiots.