At the resumed hearing, Tuesday, of the case of false declaration of assets brought against Senate President Senator Bukola Saraki, Code of Conduct Chairman, Danladi Umar, warned that Saraki would face the full consequences of his charges.
The CCT Chairman who was reacting to the allegation of delay tactics by the prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, against the defendant, said the consequences of the trial and charges will in no way be reduced on the accused person.
Umar, who spoke as the defence counsel, Paul Usoro, was about to begin the cross examination of the prosecution witness, Mike Wetkas, said that he had taken note of the delay tactics being employed by Saraki’s lawyers, and warned that the tactics would in no way mitigate the charges against him.
“Im not happy at the delay tactics of defence counsel and I must say this thing out, that the delay tactics will not affect the consequences of this Tribunal”, Umar said.
At this stage, the lead defence counsel Kanu Agabi, got up and asked the Chairman on what he meant by the “consequences of the Tribunal”
Agabi told the Tribunal Chairman that he and his client are worried over assumed prejudices.
The former AGF cautioned the Tribunal against influence from “opposition and enemy”, adding that the defence team is against assumed prejudices and it is against injustice.
“We are not worried from the defence side but we are worried about enemies, who may wish to use this Tribunal to attain ulterior motive.
“As the Tribunal Chairman we love and respect you, but we are afraid of consequences especially as just stated by this Tribunal this morning.
“Our fear has been reinforced but we pray against consequences that are against natural justice”, Agabi added.
Apparently overwhelmed by the reaction of lawyers to his remarks, Umar said nobody will be prejudiced.
Under cross examinatio by Saraki’s lawyer, Usoro, the EFCC star witness, Mike Wetkas, told the Tribunal that Saraki was never investigated by EFCC on the ownership of two properties in Abuja, which he refused to declare in his assets declaration form.
The witness said that the assumption that Saraki is the owner of the two properties at Maitama, Abuja, was based on information obtained from the MD of Carlis Properties Limited.
Thereafter, the case was adjourned to June 15 for continuation of cross examination.