The Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki on Tuesday weighed in on the prosecution of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman Danladi Umar for allegedly receiving N10m bribery from a defendant standing trial before the CCT in 2012.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) last Friday charged Umar with bribery, four days to the resumption of the asset declaration case of Saraki before the CCT.
The Senate President had earlier been cleared of any wrongdoing by Umar, an acquittal that was greeted with mixed reactions.
Reacting to the judge’s trial, Saraki in a post on his Facebook page wrote on Tuesday, same day his case resumed at the CCT: “I sympathise with the chairman of the tribunal, Mr. Danladi Umar, for his travail in the hands of the EFCC, which suddenly woke up four days to the resumption of this case to file criminal charges against him.
“You will recall that in April 2016, when our lawyers asked the tribunal chairman to rescue himself from our case, because of the criminal investigation against him, the EFCC swiftly cleared Mr. Umar of any wrongdoing.
“Now, I find it amusing, that in a dramatic turnaround, this same EFCC now thinks that Mr. Umar has a case to answer just before the commencement of my case before him. What has changed since April 2016?
“As much as many Nigerians want to continue to believe that this my case is merely about asset declaration irregularities, the maneuvers, manipulation, intrigues, schemes and ‘House of Cards’ nature of this whole case proves otherwise.
“I really wonder whether those who genuinely love this government appreciate the damage that all this is doing to our so-called ‘War Against Corruption’.
“However, in all of this, my confidence in the judiciary and its ability to do justice in all cases remains unshakeable.”