President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has faulted the sudden trial of the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar, four days to the resumption of his retrial.
Saraki questioned the genuineness of the anti-corruption war of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, describing Umar’s trial as amusing.
He, however, reiterated his confidence in the judiciary to do justice despite manipulations in the system.
This was contained in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The statement reads in part: “I sympathise with the chairman of the Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, for his travail in the hands of the EFCC which suddenly woke up four days to the resumption of this case to file criminal charges against him.
“You will recall that in April 2016, when our lawyers asked the Tribunal Chairman to recuse himself from our case, because of the criminal investigation against him, the EFCC swiftly cleared Mr Umar of any wrongdoing.
“Now, I find it amusing, that in a dramatic turnaround, this same EFCC now thinks that Mr Umar has a case to answer just before the commencement of my case before him. What has changed since April 2016?”
“As much as many Nigerians want to continue to believe that this case is merely about asset declaration irregularities, the maneuvers, manipulation, intrigues, schemes, and ‘House of Cards’ nature of this whole case proves otherwise.
“I really wonder whether those who genuinely love this government appreciate the damage that all this is doing to our so-called ‘War Against Corruption.”
By Fikayo Olowolagba