Bukola Saraki: Between CCT and EFCC

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Senator Bukola Saraki

By Yushau A. Shuaib

“I swear by the Almighty Allah to do justice. We are all human beings and not God, we must be fair and just.” – Umar Danladi

Those were the words of the Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Umar Danladi at the resumed hearing on the trial of Bukola Saraki on May 17, 2016. He said he was under “serious influence” during the trial of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in the same court in 2011, when President Goodluck Jonathan was in power. He, however, said he defied the excessive pressure and discharged Tinubu, an opposition leader, over allegations of false asset declaration.

The same judge recently discharged and acquitted Senate President Bukola Saraki over another false asset declaration case. Immediately after the judgement, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was said to have threatened to invite the Chairman of…

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