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Saraki queries EFCC’s powers to clear CCT chairman

25 April 2016, 11:05

Abuja - The embattled Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has queried the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to clear the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Danladi Umar, of prosecution, following his alleged complicity in N10 million bribery scandal.

This came as documents obtained by an online publication revealed that the Senate President transferred a total of $3.47 million in 40 installments in four years with his credit card to the United States.

Also read: Lawyers ask CCT chairman to withdraw from Saraki's trial

Saraki, who dismissed the purported clearance issued to the CCT chairman by EFCC, contended that under the law, only the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had the powers to shield an accused person from criminal prosecution.

He said the clearance the EFCC issued to Umar could not override the recommendation the immediate past AGF made in 2014 for his prosecution.

He said the clean bill of health the anti-graft agency gave the CCT chairman recently, confirmed his position that the tribunal, under Umar, would not ensure fairness in his ongoing trial.

Source: Vanguard

- News 24


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