Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar today made another Freudian slip in which he gave indication of how the Saraki case may end.
In a preliminary remark before commencing Tuesday’s proceeding, Umar said the Defence Counsel was taking too much time to cross-examine the lead prosecution witness as a delay tactics to avoid the ‘final consequence’ of the case.
The statement startled the entire tribunal and made the lead counsel to Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) to jump up and ask Umar : “My Lord, what is the final consequence?”.
Agabi then added that the statement by Justice Danladi betrays the prejudice that his client has been afraid of. “My lord, it is this kind of statement that make us afraid of prejudice. We are saying we are afraid. We are not afraid of you. We are afraid of prejudice. This statement of ‘final consequence’ is rather strengthening that fear”, he said.
This faux pas by Umar is only the latest in a series of such gaffes by the judge since the Saraki trial commenced. It would be recalled that the judge revealed recently that he was pressured to give judgment in a similar case involving former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu.
In a related development as the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, continues at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Chairman of the tribunal, Justice Dan Ladi Umar, has advocated for the return of Decree Number.
Speaking at the end of Tuesday’s proceedings, Umar, who has repeatedly made biased statements that reveal his slant against the defendant, stated that “journalists should be punished” for publishing falsehood,”it is a criminal offence.”
Recall that during the military administration of General Buhari, Decree Number 2 Gave the Chief of Staff at Supreme Headquarters the power to detain for up to six months without trial anyone considered a security risk.
At the time, special military tribunals increasingly replaced law courts while the state security agency, the National Security Organisation, were given greater powers.
The chairman said this in response to articles that 1st appeared in Premium Times and ThisDay that the trial of the Senate President was adjourned indefinitely.
It is noteworthy that the CCT Chairman is an extension of the Presidency and his words today have sent a strong signal that the administration of President Buhari, who was at the helm of affairs when this decree was introduced 30 years ago might be coming back.