Saraki Finally Appears in Court
Following a statement issued by the media office of the Senate President Bukola Saraki, on Monday, September 21, where the country’s number three citizen announced his decision to attend his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal today (September 22), Naij.com reports that the Senate president has kept his word by showing up this morning.
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Naij.com correspondent reports that the Senate president was sighted entering the CCT this morning at about 9.32am accompanied by no fewer than 50 senators, some members of the House of Representatives and his spokesman, Yusuph Olaniyonu. Also on his entourage are ex-governors Dr. Sam Egwu of Ebonyi state, Theodore Orji of Abia state, now a serving senator. Other senators to mention a few comprised Ike Ekweremadu, Shaba Lafiaji, Aliyu Wamakko, Rafiu Ibrahim, Tayo Alasoadura, Hamma Misau, Samuel Anyanwu as well as Sabi Aliyu Abdullahi.
It is also reported that journalists were barred from covering the trial, and that there is heavy security presence and screening currently ongoing at the CCT. Officials of the anti-bomb unit of the Nigerian police force are also on ground.
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The legal team of the Senate president remain the same and are still led by Joseph Daudu, ( SAN) a former president of the NBA. The CCT chairman, Justice Danladi Umar arrived at about 10.32am, and apologised for the delay in the commencement of proceeding. He said the tribunal was sorting out some matters before it finally commenced proceeding. No recording is allowed as some overzealous security men are busy seizing phones and recording devices.