The Nigerian House of Representatives has summoned the country’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to explain the alleged manipulation of the Code of Conduct Tribunal case involving the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved under matters of urgent public importance on the need to ensure sanity in the country’s judicial system.
Leading debate on the motion, the Minority Whip, Mr. Yakubu Barde explained that the prosecution of the chairman of the CCT who had been absolved from any wrong doing, gives an impression that a game is being arranged to meet certain predetermined result.
Mr. Barde stated: “although the EFCC had previously issued a statement absolving Justice Danladi Umar of any wrongdoing, charging him now and asking him to try SP Bukola Saraki gives the impression that a game is being arranged to meet a predetermined result.
By so doing, the justice system is being portrayed as susceptible to manipulation and this should greatly worry every well-meaning Nigerian.”
Supporting the motion, Chairman House Committee on justice, Abdulrazak Atunwa said that the trial and prosecution of the CCT chairman is capable of rendering all possible conviction or findings of Justice Danladi Umar null and void.
“Given the circumstances, any possible convictions or findings which the CCT may make may therefore be rendered null and void by the Court of Appeal, thereby frustrating the course of justice.
This is disturbing, the fact that the AGF seems to be instrumental in this unwholesome saga,” Mr. Atunwa said.
Some members who opposed the submission argued that the trial of Justice Umar by the EFCC does not nullify his judgment, stating that the law presumes him innocent until proven guilty.