Suspicions arise over behind the scene dealings in Saraki Trial

By Ayoola Mudasiru October 20, 2015 11:21

Suspicions arise over behind the scene dealings in Saraki Trial

As the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, remains resolute in its case against the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, many Nigerians are left almost certain that the agency is being manipulated by unseen forces to frustrate him, owing to the means of his emergence.

The belief is due to the fact that many factors regarding the Saraki case do not add up or leave much to be desired.

This view is further strengthened by a report from Post Nigeria which revealed how the decision by the Appeal Court to abruptly adjourn ruling on the case filed by the Senate President, seeking to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, has been traced back to influential forces from Bourdillon.

The report informs on how these forces have been compelling the President of the Appeal Court, to stay mute, pending when the CCT concludes its hatched plan against Saraki.

See: REVEALED: How Tinubu forced A’Court to adjourn Saraki case

A factor sticking out like a sore thumb is the fact that the Saraki-led Senate is currently investigating the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, for stealing funds recovered from convicted corrupt persons.

EFCC is in turn investigating the Chairman of the CCB, Danladi Umar, for corrupt practices, official impropriety and victimization of junior staff under his watch.

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To the trained eye, it does appear the EFCC is in bed with the CCB, to cut a deal with Danladi Umar to use the the bureau to take out Saraki, in return for giving Umar a soft landing.

Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde and Umar are widely agreed to be stooges of the former Lagos State Governor and All Progressive Congress, APC, National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and are very likely to be pawns in the Jagaban’s plot to remove Saraki from a position he is believed to have obtained much to the chagrin of the APC leader.

This would not be the first time that the duo of Lamorde and Umar would use their positions to manipulate justice in favour of Tinubu.

Back in 2011, Umar threw out a clear cut case of corruption against Tinubu, while Lamorde also gave his benefactor the soft landing when the CCB came knocking.

The former Governor was suspected of operating foreign accounts while in office.

Going by the politics orchestrated by the APC National Leader in the Court of Appeal as regards the Saraki case, credence can be granted to the Sahara Reporters report released two hours to the time the court was supposed to resume, that the court were getting set to rule in favour of the Senate President, a move which was done to preempt justice, and unleash public outcry against the Court.

“The Court of Appeal Abuja, have concluded plans to order a stop to the trial of Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki by the Code of Conduct Tribunal ordering immediate discontinuation of Mr Saraki’s trial,” the report reads in part.

Though the online platform’s report tried to claim that the Court’s supposed decision was as a result of some shenanigans from the Saraki camp, a simple perusal of the “Rules of Procedure and Institution of Proceedings” found in Article 24, section 2, of the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act, shows otherwise.

It can be clearly seen from the rules that “Prosecutions for all offences referred to in this Act shall be instituted in the name of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Attorney-General of the Federation or such officers in the Federal Ministry of Justice as the Attorney-General of the Federation may authorize so to do.”

In the case of the CCB against the President of the Senate, no such procedures were followed.

Many analysts, political commentators and the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have been consistently drawing attention to the fact that the current President Muhammadu Buhari, APC-led administration has little regard for the rule of law and continues to make suspicious moves aimed at political threats and members of the opposition.

Given that Nigeria’s last Attorney General left office back in May, when the cabinet of former President Goodluck Jonathan was dissolved, it is important to note that the authority on which the 13-count charge was instituted, has not been clarified, and this is still not seen as enough reason to throw out the case.

All these loose ends that have failed to add up, call into question the legality of Saraki’s prosecution and if the Senate President eventually loses at the CCT, there is the fear that Nigeria will have been set on a slippery backward slope toward the methods used under Buhari’s military regime.