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Saraki’s Trial: Senate to Remove CCT, CCB from SGF’s Office

by on April 13, 2016
 
Apparently to stop the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from being used to score political points, the Senate has initiated moves to remove the organisations from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).
The quest is being pursued by the lawmakers through a bill captioned: “Code of Conduct Act CAP, C15 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2016 (SB248). The bill, which is sponsored by Senator Peter Nwaboshi (PDP Delta North), passed its first reading on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday.
There are speculations that the proposed law is designed to save incumbent Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki from his ongoing trial at the CCT for alleged false declaration of assets.
In an interview with the sponsor of the bill on its import, Nwaboshi simply said that the Bill was meant to save Nigerians from overzealous politicians.
According to him, “the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Code of Conduct Bureau, which are now under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) who is a politician, can be used against political opponents or perceived political enemies.”
“He (SGF) oversees the CCB and the CCT and they report to his office. So, since the Supreme Court Justices in their judgment have said that they (CCT and CCB) are a court of some sort, they must be seen to be neutral in nature and not to report to a politician,” Senator Nwaboshi said.
He explained that the intention of the bill is to make the agencies completely neutral by either moving them to the judiciary or to the National Assembly that has the power to remove the chairman and members of the tribunal.
Nwaboshi continued: “They should not be reporting to a politician and being overseen by a politician; the CCT and CCB should be seen as an independent body, doing their jobs and we will give them what they are entitled to. “Otherwise, one day, like we are seeing now, if you are an enemy to the SGF he will use the CCB to put you in trouble and charge you there like we are seeing now.”
The lawmaker said that the intent of the bill was not informed by what is happening to Saraki rather “it is because the legislature wants to save Nigerians. We want Nigerians to see; you cannot put a quasi-judicial arm under the control of the SGF who is a politician, appointed by the President and doing a political job.”
Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, has directed Justice Abdul Kafarati who is sitting in Abuja, to deliver judgment in a suit involving Saraki.
Saraki, who is being tried over alleged false assets declaration at the CCT, had dragged the Chairman of the CCT, Justice Danladi Umar and others before the Federal High Court.
In the suit, Saraki is contending that his trial before the CCT, as currently constituted, was a violation of his rights and that there was no way he could get justice.
Having taken arguments from the counsel to the parties in the case, Justice Kafarati had slated judgment for March 22 but when the parties arrived in the court, he changed his mind at the last minute and informed them that he was withdrawing from the case and returning the case file to Justice Auta for re-assignment to another judge.
Justice Kafarati predicated his decision on libelous publications by some online media, which he (the judge) said had presented him in bad light and portrayed him as a compromised judge.
On March 23, Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, wrote Justice Auta, demanding that he prevailed on Justice Kafarati to deliver his withheld decision, no matter who benefits from it.
Oluyede had said: “It is our argument in the suit that the Code of Conduct Tribunal cannot act independently the way it is currently constituted because we believe it’s Chairman, Danladi Umar, who is currently under investigation by the EFCC, cannot be independent in deciding a case being prosecuted before him by the EFCC.”
The AUTHORITY learnt that Justice Auta’s decision was based on the fact that none of the parties in the suit complained about the conduct of Justice Kafarati and that the judge cannot disqualify himself from further handling the case based on mere allegations in the media.

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  • April 13, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    CCT shall be removed from the SSG office who is a politician and transfer to National assembly? Who are the members of NASS, not politicians? NASS did not provide solution for the fuel scarcity and other problems facing Nigerians but they are committed to save Saraki.

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  • truism
    April 13, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    i dey laugh oooo ! Na wah for this cointry ooo . Any way i go talk truth even if i go die tommorow .
    Today , in kwara , commuters and okada commercial riders go on fuel strike . It was a busy day in the market where people go for new bathroom slippers to compliment the inavailabilty of taxis keke napep and okada. A long march along emirs road , surulere , sawmill and other cosmopolitan areas bear witnesses
    No school activity really took place.
    a stctch in time failed to save millions as if baba buahri is doing nothing .
    do you thind that the 6. 8 trillion naira in the appropriation bill will cater for nigeria s need when he had to spend 60 billions evry month for workers salary only that means that we need the sum of 10 trillion for the annual workers salary .
    Cct or ccb should be independent as established by the statute quo
    lets go back to the words of jeremy bentham in his ” alluring motive ” he opined that the law should protect the right of the citizen rather than infringement . He forsaw a period when the judiciary would steal the legislative power padding what ought to be law and what it should not be
    John austin in his difintion of law sees law as a command from the superior to the inferior backed with sanctions .
    Law is not remmisible ,if at all remmisble , it is only remmislbe by the queen alone . Therefore the queen can do no wrong ”
    The senates can do no wrong , they are protected by the law ; they are above the law
    Law is blind but it recognises the senates
    ordinary citizenz are not protected by the law ,.. May Allah punish them all

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  • Plassy
    April 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    That is a very good move.

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