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Umar to decide on Saraki’s protest July 13

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The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) will now decide if its chairman, Danladi Umar will disqualify himself or not on July 13, in the case involving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

Saraki filed an application asking Umar to disqualify himself from further presiding ‎over his trial on allegations false assets.

The date for the ruling was fixed after hearing both parties in the case, as the prosecution led by Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), described the application as frivolous and urged the tribunal to dismiss it.

The defence counsel, Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN),‎ on the other hand argued that with the comment of the tribunal chairman, during the June 7, 2016 proceedings his team had adjudged him to be biased against the defence, and hence could no longer do justice.

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Quoting Umar to have warned that the delay tactics deployed by the defence‎ would not reduce the consequences of the trial, the lawyer maintained that the comment was tantamount to a threat of conviction of the defendant when trial has yet to be concluded.

However, Jacobs said the consequences referred to by Umar‎ could either be acquittal or conviction going by the provisions of section 309 and 310 Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.

The Senate President is also being prosecuted along his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on a case bordering on a two-count charge of alleged conspiracy and forgery of the Senate Standing Rules during the senate leadership election in 2015, in an Abuja High Court.

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