Breaking:Twist in Saraki’s CCT Trial as Judge Withdraws from Case

Justice Abdukadir Abdu-Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday caught everybody napping by his action. Even the plaintiff and defendant were left in surprise.
At the resumed hearing of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s prayer to be freed from prosecution by the Conduct of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) trial over false assets declaration, Justice Abdu-Kafarati said he was withdrawing from the case.
According to him, his action steamed from reports on Sahara Reporters an online media accusing the Judge of having been compromised by Saraki.
Justice Abdu-Kafarati said his integrity and honour have been called to question by the reports and therefore it behooves him to disqualify himself from the case.
The Judge, who read from the online reports, said he had been caught between two devils.
“If I grant the prayers of the applicant, the reading public will say yes, the Judge has been compromised. If I refuse the prayers, they will say the Judge has been threatened or intimidated.
“The most honourable thing for me to do is to disqualify myself from this case. I hereby disqualify myself from this case and the file is returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for re-assignment.”
On March 1, the Judge had fixed Tuesday for judgment on whether Saraki can be made to face prosecution at the CCT or not.
The judgment was to come on the heel of an earlier verdict of the Supreme Court which had on February 5 validated the Senate President’s trial before the CCT.
Incidentally, the CCT itself on March 18 fixed Thursday to deliver its ruling on Saraki’s another application challenging the validity of the charges and the tribunal’s jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Saraki is seeking an order halting his trial ‎which he lost at the CCT, Court of Appeal and finally at the Supreme Court which also dismissed it on February 5.
His argument are on two grounds, the failure of the Code of Conduct Bureau to invite him and confront him with the alleged infractions in his assets declaration forms before filing the charges, which he said constituted a breach of his fundamental human rights to fair hearing and by extension rendered the charges a nullity.

Author: News Editor

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