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Saraki Senate President slams EFCC for clearing CCT chairman

The Senate President also said the fact that EFCC cleared the CCT chairman, is proof that he (Saraki) cannot get a fair trial at the tribunal.

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The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has faulted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCCs) letter, clearing the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chairman, Justice Danladi Umar.

Umar was being investigated by the EFCC over an alleged N10m fraud incident.

The Senate President also said the fact that EFCC cleared the CCT chairman, is proof that he (Saraki) cannot get a fair trial at the tribunal.

Saraki’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede who spoke on his behalf said “We are not saying he (Umar) is guilty. We are saying he is tainted and that he cannot act independently while the EFCC that is investigating him and had indicted him is now prosecuting our client before him. That is why we asked him to excuse  himself from the trial.

“He did so before in the case involving former FCT Minister, Jeremiah Useni, where he excused himself from the hearing on the ground that he had close relationship with Useni. We are asking him to do so again now because of the facts that we have presented.”

Oluyede also cited some documents that was purportedly written by former EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde  that said the CCT chairman “might have demanded and collected money from the complainant (Taiwo) through his Personal Assistant (PA). Efforts made to recover the telephone handset used by Justice Umar proved abortive as he claimed that he had lost the telephone in 2012.

“This has made it impossible to subject it to independent scientific analysis with a view to corroborating the allegation. Justice Umar also admitted that he met privately with the complainant in his chamber at the tribunal. This is a most unethical and highly suspicious conduct on his part.”

Justice Danladi Umar last week, ordered security men to throw out Oluyede for insisting on presenting a motion seeking the CCT chairman’s withdrawal from the case involving the Senate President.

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