Row at CCT Venue Between Saraki’s Legal Team, Tribunal Chair, Umar


The was tension at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Thursday, as a row ensured between the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar and Ajibola Oluyede, a counsel to Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Saraki is standing trial for a 13 count charge bordering on false assets declaration at the CCT.

The row began, when Oluyede, stood up to interrupt the proceedings that there was a motion, which he said the Tribunal was aware of om Wednesday, which asked the Tribunal Chairman, Umar to disqualify himself from the case.

Oluyede, who was appearing for the second time at the Tribunal, rose up shortly after appearances were announced and attempted to introduce the motion.

The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, stopped Oluyede in his track and instantly objected to the motion. He said there was no more room for motion of stay of proceedings.

The Tribunal Chairman immediately it was announced, dismissed the motion without bating eyelid.

“That motion as far as the Tribunal is concerned is of no consequence; not worthy to be entertained and is hereby thrown away,” said Umar.

The Tribunal soon turned into a rowdy scene as the counsel holding brief for Kanu Agabi, Saraki’s lead counsel, insisted the motion must be heard.

After making his point, Oluyede got into a fierce argument with Umar, which infuriated the Tribunal Chairman.

Security men around came in handy as they were on the tail of Oluyede.

Following the order of the Umar, Oluyede was escorted out of the Tribunal.

Jacobs was to intervened and pleaded with Umar to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, the cross examination of the prosecution witness is ongoing.

Author: News Editor

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