CCT chairman, Danladi Umar says there will be no reduction in the consequences of the final judgement against the accused person, Bukola Saraki by the CCT, when he was responding to the allegation of strategy to delay the Senate president’s trial by the prosecution lawyer, Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), against Saraki’s counsel.
The tribunal chairman, while speaking before the defence counsel, Paul Usoro (SAN), wanted to start the cross-examination of the prosecution witness, Michael Wetkas, stated that he had observed the delay strategy being used by the Senate president’s counsel.
He warned that such method will not have any effect on the outcome of the trial of Saraki.
Justice Umar said: “I am not happy at the delay tactics employed by the defence counsel. And I must say this thing out that this delay tactics will not reduce the consequences the defendant will meet from this tribunal at the end of the trial.”
A former attorney general of the federation and minister of justice, who happens to be Saraki’s counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN), who was surprised by the utterances of Justice Umar, stood up from his seat, and asked the CCT chairman what he meant by consequences of the tribunal, adding that his client, the former Kwara state governor and himself are disturbed by what he thinks as “assumed prejudices.”
While continuing further, Agabi said: “From the defence side, we are not worried about the law and facts that will be placed before this tribunal by the prosecution.
But we are worried about enemies who may wish to use this tribunal to achieve their ulterior motives. “As the tribunal chairman, we love you, we respect you, but we are afraid of consequences, especially as just stated by this tribunal this morning. Our fears have been reinforced, but we pray against consequences that are against natural justice.”
The tribunal boss on his part was furious with newsmen, as he said they have been involved in publishing malicious contents. He stated: “If I have my way, I would bring back the decree 2 of the olden days to take care of the irresponsible journalists in this country.
How can they dare to publish that we have adjourned the trial of this defendant (Saraki) indefinitely? It is the highest point of irresponsible journalism, but I thank God for them that we are in a democratic era and that is why they are doing what they are doing now.
They are embarking on sensational journalism to sell their newspapers at the expense of truth, but that is not journalism but a serious crime that can lead them to jail.” It should be recalled that, during the military rule of General Muhammadu Buhari, Decree Number 2 gave the Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters the power to detain journalists for up to six months without trial or anyone considered a security risk.
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