As Senate President Bukola Saraki returns to courtroom this Tuesday morning, PREMIUM TIMES returns too with live updates of the continuation of his trial.
Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, the special court hearing the false and anticipatory assets declaration charge against Mr. Saraki, had, last Wednesday, adjourned hearing till today to give both prosecution and defence teams some time to “rest”.
Mr. Saraki has arrived decked in a white agbada. The courtroom is already packed with lawyers for and against the accused.
Mr. Umar is still being expected. The Senate President is sure good at keeping to time.
11:41: The tribunal is now arguing about a story that has been circulating online, alleging a division between the chairman, Mr. Umar, and his co-chairman, Phillip Agwaza.
The report said Mr. Umar always disagrees with Mr. Agwaza and that is why Mr. Agwaza always keeps quiet.
But the judges deny the report, scolding the “layman” news reporter.
11:42: Hearing proper has continued with the cross-examination of prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas.
11:49: Defence attorney, Paul Usoro, and Mr. Wetkas are continuing from where they both left off last week — the disagreement over the property at 15, MacDonald Road, Ikoyi. Discrepancies over the description of the property is the crux of the exchanges.
Prosecution lead, Rotimi Jacobs, is bitter over the argument, saying the trial cannot last forever. He said the defence team is deliberately wasting crucial time as part of its tactics to stall the trial.
Solidarity for the Senate President is unusually small, only two senators are here, in addition to Kawu Baraje, an APC chieftain
14:02: Shortly after we noted the law turnout of senators for the Senate President today, Dino Melaye and three other senators stormed the tribunal in solidarity with Mr. Saraki. They arrived at 1:40 p.m.
16.02: Tribunal adjourns till Wednesday when cross-examination is expected to continue. Thank you for staying with PREMIUM TIMES.