The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar on Wednesday said, contrary to the claim by the attorneys of Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, the Attorney-General, the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had cleared him of the alleged bribery levelled against him.
Umar said this in response to Saraki’s lawyer, Mr. Ajibola Oluyede, while arguing the Senate President’s motion asking the tribunal chairman to disqualify himself from further presiding over the trial.
Oluyed anchored the motion on the grounds that there would be a likehood of bias in Umar’s handling of the trial because he remained under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for bribery.
Oluyede said the tribunal chairman would be subject to the control of the EFCC since the anti-graft agency was the body that allegedly brought Saraki before Umar for trial.
Umar, however, said he had been cleared of the allegation by both the EFCC and the AGF.
He recalled that upon a petition filed against him before the House of Representatives over the bribery allegation, the AGF (Malami) appeared before a committee of the House and told the members of the committee that he (Umar) had been cleared.
Umar said, “A group called Anti-Corruption Network wrote a petition against me at the House of Representatives. The House committee invited me and I went there three times but the petitioner did not come. I told the committee that what I think should be done and I said if it were to be court, when the person who filed a case refuse to come, the court will strike it out. But the chairman said, let’s give them another time.