Saraki’s Lawyer Clashed With Trial Judge Over Adjournment

Picture of Nigeria's Senate President, Bukola Saraki
Picture of Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) yesterday took a dramatic twist as one of the Senate President’s lawyers, Kanu Agabi engaged the Code of Conduct Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar in a heated argument over adjournment of trial.

This happened shortly after the tribunal resumed sitting after the matter was stood down for over one hour. Upon resumption of sitting, Agabi moved for adjournment of the matter to allow him time.

Agabi said, “My lord, we need time to rest, you worked so hard as a lawyer and till now still working hard. We need time to rest. He added that, “This profession is destroying its professionals as we are made to sit in for a whole day during some proceedings. I know many of my colleagues who have died and their wives are now widows because of this kind of action”.

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He went further, “All I ask for is an adjournment to allow us rest. As early as 2am, I am in my office preparing for this matter so I beg for time”.

The tribunal Chairman became furious and turned down the appeal, saying the matter is a summary one and as such must go on. The judge said, “We just got back from break and you are asking for an adjournment?”.

He also added that, “This matter is a summary one and we want to get it done with as soon as possible. On the matter taking a whole day”. Umar said, “This is the price we have to pay, the matter must continue today”.


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