The Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Mr. Danladi Yakubu Umar yesterday threatened to jail senators showing solidarity with the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki in his ongoing trail over false assets declaration.
The individuals, seated in the court gallery, had repeatedly asked Rotimi Jacobs, prosecution counsel, to “sit down.”
Mr. Umar, who was obviously angry over their attitude in court, said the Senate President’s supporters’ conduct was becoming unbearable in his court, askingthem to be quiet.
“If I hear anybody ask the counsel to sit down, I will deal with the person and nobody can question me about it. In fact, I will hold the person in contempt and sentence the person to hard labour and nobody will question me.”
He said yesterday that the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki will face the full consequences of the charges of false declaration of assets brought against him by the Federal Government in spite of the alleged delay of his trial.
The tribunal chairman who was reacting to the allegation of delay tactics by the prosecution counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs SAN against Saraki’s lawyer said that the consequences of the trial and the charges will in no way be reduced on the accused person by his tribunal.
Umar, who spoke as the defence counsel, Mr. Paul Usoro was about to begin cross examination of the prosecution witness, Mr. Micheal Wetka said that he had taken note of the delay tactics being employed by Saraki’s lawyers and warned that the tactics will not in way affect the consequences of the trial of the defendant.
“I am not happy at the delay tactics by the defence counsel. And I must say this thing out that this delay tactics will not reduce the consequences the defendant. However, the lead counsel, Mr. Kanu Agabi SAN who was taken aback by the remark of the CCT chairman got up and asked the chairman on what he meant by the consequences of the tribunal.