Senate, CCT chair at ‘war’ over summons


The trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal has pitched the Tribunal’s chairman, Danladi Umar with lawmakers who seem bent on also frustrating the progress of the Tribunal.

The CCT on Monday had ruled that the trial of Saraki on allegations of false asset declaration will hold on a day to day basis until it is concluded.

However, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions passed a summons across to Justice Umar over allegations of corruption against him, to appear before it on a day he is to preside over Saraki’s trial at the Tribunal.

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Clerk of the Committee, Freedom Odolo, in a letter on Monday, asked Justice Umar to appear unfailingly by 2pm on Thursday.

Justice Umar however replied that he has a court sitting on Thursday and throughout the week, and would therefore not be available until after the court sittings, which is on Saraki’s trial.

The invitation letter was delivered to the CCT chairman shortly after he ruled that the tribunal will be sitting daily from 9am to 6pm.

Meanwhile, the Trial resumed today with Saraki conspicuously absent, as he is presideng over Senate plenary.

Saraki came into the chambers at 10.48am and the session took off immediately with the opening prayer.

It is still unclear if he would appear at the Tribunal.

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