Saraki Speaks on CCT Chairman’s EFCC Ordeal; Describes Trial as ‘House of Cards’

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By Christel Odili


President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, stated that he sympathizes with the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar,

over the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s (EFCC) attempts to bring up a case for which he (the CCT Chair) was previously cleared, days before the resumption of Saraki’s case.

In a series of tweets, and a message on his Facebook page this morning, Saraki said: “I sympathize 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 recuse himself from our case, because of the criminal investigation against him, the EFCC swiftly cleared Mr. Umar of any wrong doing.

“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 unshaken", he concluded.

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