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Saraki’s Trial Adjourned Again Over Motion To Disqualify Tribunal Chairman
The Code of Conduct Tribunal has adjourned the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki, till June 21, to enable the hearing of a fresh motion filed by Saraki’s counsel seeking the disqualification of the Danladi Umar from further presiding over the case.
According to the motion, Saraki accused Umar of bias based on remarks the tribunal chairman made on June 7, when he warned the defence against delay tactics.
Umar had warned that the delay tactics being employed by the defence “would not reduce the consequences the defendant will meet in this tribunal at the end of the trial.”
Saraki’s counsel, Kanu Agabi, SAN, said Umar’s statement would prejudice the outcome of the trial.
This would be the second motion filed by Saraki asking for the withdrawal of the CCT chairman from the case.
The first motion, which bothered on the CCT chairman’s alleged involvement in a N10 million bribery case, was thrown out by Umar on April 28.
Saraki is facing trial on a 16-count charge of false asset declaration during his tenure as Kwara State Governor.
He is also accused of operating foreign accounts as a public officer and receiving governor’s salary even after he had left office.