April 19, 2016

Senate Summons Judge In Charge Of Saraki’s CCT Trial To Appear “Unfailingly”

Senate Summons Judge In Charge Of Saraki's CCT Trial To Appear "Unfailingly"

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions on Monday summoned Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), who is presiding over Bukola Saraki’s corruption trial.

Mr. Saraki, the Senate President, is facing 13 counts of false assets declaration and fraud before the CCT.

According to The Nation newspaper, Justice Umar‎ was asked to appear before the Committee “unfailingly” by 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The invitation came hours after the judge ruled that Mr. Saraki’s trial would sit daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a one hour break in between.

The Senate president’s lawyer had argued for the trial to hold only when the Upper Chamber is not in plenary, but Mr. Umar insisted that Mr. Saraki, and not the Senate, was on trial.

The letter of invitation requested Mr. Umar to “come personally” with 12 copies of any submission he wishes to present.

The Senate Committee said it was inviting the CCT chairman following allegation of bribery against him.

“Your letter with reference number CCT/HT/126/S/111/515 dated 1st April, 2016, in which you requested for more time to enable you attend the hearing was received,” read the invitation letter signed by Freedom Odolo, the Committee’s Clerk.

Source: Premium Times

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