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Spotlight on judges as Saraki trial begins

10 March 2016, 19:27

Abuja - A socio-political commentator has called on judges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) to conduct itself professionally during the probe of Senate President, Olubukola Saraki.

The trial over alleged failure to declare assets resumes on Friday.

“The trial itself has generated a lot of controversies among Nigerians outside the court room, while counsels to both sides have exchanged legal fireworks and sometimes employed tactics novel to the legal profession in order to further their cause,” said analyst, Jude Ndukwe.

He argued a majority of Nigerians believe that the trial was politically motivated as it was instituted shortly after his election as Senate President last year.

“This is not unconnected with the fact that Bukola Saraki emerged the Senate President against the wishes and permutations of the leadership and chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC),” Ndukwe said.

The analyst argued because of this, strategies and extra-judicial tactics had been deployed to sway the process against Saraki.

“In their usual manner, the traducers of Saraki, are already doing what they know how to do best: engage some willing and obviously compromised media outfits, both social and conventional, to intimidate, harass, denigrate and maliciously smear individuals and institutions handling the case just to get at the man.”

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Ndukwe said Nigerians were getting to these tactics of intimidating lawyers and judges using a section of local and foreign-based media.

“This time, the interests of those who by all means want to see Saraki removed as Senate president using the CCT, all in a desperate bid to plant their own stooges and puppets whom they dictate to and control just to serve their own selfish and parochial interests to the detriment of national interest.”

Ndukwe thus urged the judges not to be deterred.

“The Saraki case presents all participants, be they judges, prosecutors, counsels etc the opportunity for them to also etch their names in gold by doing the right thing. Opportunity to do such may never come again: Ignore external forces, be firm and fair to all, and deliver justice fearlessly.”



- CAJ News


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