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Judges hands off Saraki case over Sahara Reporters allegation

Judges hands off Saraki case over Sahara Reporters allegation

Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has disqualified himself from a suit seeking ‎to stop the ongoing trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT.

He took this action on Tuesday on the allegation that the sum of N2 billion was traced to his personal account by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Kafarati said he had to take the action to exonerate himself from the allegation, which was published by an online medium, Sahara Reporter that he had compromised with President of the Senate to pervert judgment.

He explained that the allegation bothers on his integrity and so therefore he would like to withdraw from the case and return the case file to the Chief Justice of the Federation.

He said, “The publication made allegations against my person, alleging that I have been compromised with N2bn. They also alleged that I am known in the legal cycle for being susceptible to corruption. “What this has done is to put my integrity to question. I however regard the publishers as people of unsound mind. They know that what they said is not true.

As it stands, I am caught between two devils, if the ‎judgment goes in favour of Saraki now they will say that I have been compromised, on the other hand, if it goes against him they will say I have been intimidated.

“In light of the allegation, the right and appropriate thing to do is to disqualify myself and return the case-file to the Chief Judge for re-assignment to another Judge”, Justice Kafarati said.

Saraki had filed a case at the court to challenge the power of the chairman of the CCT, Justice Danladi Umar to preside over the 13-court charge preferred against him by the federal government.

The President of the Senate is standing trial over allegation of false declaration of his assets while serving as the Governor of Kwara State.

 

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