Uproar at CCT, Prosecution Witness Agrees Saraki was not Interrogated Before Commencement of Trial

Cross examination of the prosecution star witness, Michael Wetkas at the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja, over false  asset declaration, continued Thursday, 

This was after a melodrama ensured between the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar and one of the defence lawyers, Raphael Oluyede.

The uproar began when Oluyede, stood up to interrupt the proceedings that there was a motion, which he said the Tribunal was aware of on 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 and moreover he has not been in the defence team .

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; it is rubbish, 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, accusing of bias against his client. Under the circistance Saraki will not gey fair hraring.

This infuriated the Tribunal Chairman, who said he would contempt charge Oluyede.

Security men around came in handy as they were on the tail of Oluyede, following the order of the Umar, who ordeted policemen to take Oluyede out of the court.

Howrver, ordeted was restored when Jacobsintervened, pleaded with Umar to bring the situation under control and that the prosecution lawyer would react to the motion at the appropriate time.

During the cross examination by the defence lawyers, Wetkas said the Senate President, was never given the opportunity by the Code of Conduct Bureau to defend his self before the commencement of his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

“As the time the enlarged team met with the CCB, Saraki was not interrogated,” said Mr. Wetkas.

He however said the only time he was aware Saraki made a statement was during the investigation by the EFCC and that the statement was made before two of his team members, Usman Iman and Musa Sunday.

He added that he got to know about the interrogation through the team members.

“He made statements regarding those things I am referring to before other team members.

“I know my larger team asked him questions relating to his properties and about the asset declaration that he made before the CCB, as well as the companies he has interest in; both local and international, among other things,” Wetkas stated.


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