Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday withdrew from the suit filed by the Senate President,Bukola Saraki,seeking to halt his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal over alleged false declaration of his assets before serving as Kwara State Governor between 2003 and 2011.
The Street Journal recalls that Justice Mohammed had granted an ex-parte order summoning the Federal Ministry of Justice, Chairman, code of conduct tribunal to appear before his court to show cause, why Saraki should be prosecuted before the tribunal over the alleged offences of false assets declaration following Saraki’s suit challenging his arraignment.
Citing an on-line publication alleging that he had made unsuccessful efforts to stop Saraki from being tried by the tribunal as the reason for his decision, the judge decided to hands-off the case.
Justice Mohammed also ordered that the case file be remitted to Justice Ibrahim Auta, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, for it to be re-assigned to another judge of the court for determination.
Justice Mohammed who denied the allegation published by the medium, explained that the decision was taken in the interest of justice.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to some publications in the social media against my person with regards to this case. In the said publications, it was alleged that I have tried unsuccessfully to stop the Code of Conduct Tribunal from trying Sen. Olubukola Saraki.
“I have never made restraining order against any of the defendants, in particular, the code of conduct tribunal, via a motion ex-parte or any motion at all.
“The court is conversant with the workings of the tribunal and would not grant ex-parte order to stop any public institution from carrying out its statutory duties.”
It would be recalled that Saraki who was arraigned on a 13-count charge bordering on false assets declaration, pleaded not guilty to the charges before the tribunal and the case was adjourned to October for trial.