Senate Begins Investigation Of AGF’s Office Over Failure To Prosecute CCT Chairman

The Senate yesterday commenced probe of the failure of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute the Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, on corruption allegation.

 

The petition alleging corrupt practices against Umar was dated November 5 and submitted to the Senate for consideration.
In the petition dated November 5 written by the Anti-Corruption Network against the office of the Attorney-General of the ?Federation, it was alleged the OAGF failed in its sacrosanct duty to Nigeria in the case against Umar.

 

The letter reads in part: “We have become aware that the office of the Attorney-General has failed in this sacrosanct duty to Nigeria in one particular case and would like the office to explain why on June 24, 2014, the chairman of the Economic and Financial ?Crimes Commission wrote an “investigation Report” to the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation (Ref No: EFCC/EC/JUS?07?117). The report was about evidence of criminal allegations against two suspects from Code of Conduct Tribunal, namely – (1) Hon. Justice Danladi Umar and Ali Gambo Abdulahi.

 

“The Attorney-General then instructed the chairman of EFCC by minuting on the same letter to proceed to prosecute the suspect. This was communicated in writing to the chairman EFCC with reference No. HAGF/EFCC/2014/Vol./19 dated 26 June 2014.

 

“However, only the second suspect, Ali Gambo was prosecuted. The very first suspect who is the main suspect, Mr. Danladi has been left un-prosecuted. This is breach of the order of the AGF. Since then, the office of the Attorney General has been silent on this failure to prosecute as directed.”
The EFCC said it could not put Umar on trial over the N10 million bribery allegation because the evidence against him was not weighty and not sufficient to sustain a possible prosecution.

 

EFCC, however, confirmed that Ali Gambo Abdullahi, a Personal Assistant to the CCT boss, admitted receiving N1.8 million in 2012 from one Rasheed Taiwo, who was standing trial at the tribunal.

 

The said Abdullahi was alleged to have used his salary account at Zenith Bank to collect the money.

 

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Supreme Court Suspends Saraki’s Trial at CCT

The Supreme Court this morning halted further proceedings in the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal pending the determination of the appeal filed before the court.

Justice John Fabiyi leading a five-man panel of the court made the order today, after the Federal Government’s counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs (SAN), had asked the court to give an undertaking that Saraki’s main appeal would be given an accelerated hearing.

Saraki’s lead counsel, Mr. Joseph Daudu (SAN), had argued his client’s motion for stay of the CCT’s proceedings.

In a unanimous decision read by Justice Fabiyi, the apex court ordered the tribunal “to tarry awhile.”

He ordered Jacobs to file his respondents’ brief in response to Saraki’s appellant’s brief served on him in court on Thursday within seven days.

The Supreme Court also ordered Daudu to file further response to Jacobs’ brief, if he so desired ?within seven days thereafter.

Justice Fabiyi said the date for the hearing of the appeal would be communicated to parties in due course.

The trial began 22 September and was last heard 5 November. Further hearing scheduled for 19 November, will no longer hold with today’s ruling.

The Senate president’s earlier appeal had on 30 October been dismissed at the Court of Appeal, in a split decision of 2-1 by the judges.

Justice Moore Agumanen, who read the majority verdict upheld the trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The judges said the tribunal was properly constituted and that the tribunal led by Danladi Umar could sit with the chairman and one other member.

Agumanen said they relied on section 28 of the Interpretation Act to reach the decision.

He said the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Code of Conduct Bureau Act and the constitution did not talk about a quorum.

In a further blow to the Senate President, the majority judges said the CCT has criminal jurisdiction, though limited.

The judges also ruled that the Code of Conduct Tribunal has powers to issue a bench warrant.

The dissenting third judge, Justice Joseph Ekanem however ruled that Saraki’s appeal had merit.

 

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Code Of Conduct Tribunal Adjourns Saraki’s Trial Till November 19

The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has adjourned till November 19 the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki on charges leveled against him by the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

However, all lawyers representing the Senate President in the case have withdrawn from the case.

Their withdrawal follows the ruling of the tribunal to continue trial, a decision which the lawyers describe as ” judicial rascality.

The Tribunal had based its ruling on the strength of Section 305 of the administration of Criminal Justice Act which says that a trial can be concluded and ruling reserved until all questions about the trial are answered.

Dr. Saraki then asked for a month to reconstitute his defence.

However, lawyer to the federal government kicked against it saying that it is another way for the Senate President to “get what he wants”.

The tribunal however ruled that it will give the Senate President one week to reconstitute his legal team.

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Tight Security As Code Of Conduct Tribunal Awaits Saraki

Security was unusually tight at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, this morning, as the Senate President and former governor of Kwara state, Bukola Saraki, is expected to appear before the Danladi Umar-led Tribunal.

Saraki in a statement said he will appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal today.

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