Alleged false assets declaration: Saraki doubts justice from CCT Chair


A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mr. Paul Erokoro yesterday in Abuja told the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Danladi Umar, that the Senate president standing trial before him on false assets declaration could not get justice from him because of his biased and prejudicial comments in the trial.
Erokoro, while moving an application filed by Saraki, asked the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from further participating in the trial because of his biased disposition.
The CCT chairman had on June 7 threatened Saraki that the delayed tactics being employed by his lawyers would not reduce the consequences he would face at the end of the trial.
In his submissions on the motion on notice, Erokoro claimed that the comment by the chairman was prejudicial to Saraki, whom he said could no longer get fair trial from the tribunal in line with the provision of section 36 of the 1999 constitution.
The counsel told the tribunal that neither did the chairman, who was personally served with the motion on notice informing him of the prejudicial statement made in the open court on June 7, deny the statement nor the prosecution too.
Erokoro further submitted that by implication, the CCT chairman and the prosecution had implicitly admitted making the statement and as such, the chairman should disqualify himself in the interest of justice and fair trial.
He further submitted that the independence and the impartiality of the chairman as envisaged in section 36 of the constitution could no longer be guaranteed and that a good reason for the CCT chairman to disqualify himself from the trial had already been established, and that he would not be able to balance the scale of justice.
“Once a judge by word or action shows that he cannot hold the scale of justice, he should disqualify himself,” he …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot