Things are getting more controversial in the trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT. First it was the move by the senators to amend the CCT Act, then yesterday, CCT Chairman Justice Danladi Umar ordered that Saraki will now be tried on a day-to-day basis till judgment is pronounced.
Latest news is that the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions yesterday summoned Umar to appear unfailingly before it by 2 PM on Thursday April 21st over allegations of corruption against him.
According to The Nation Newspapers, the summon letter read
Your letter with reference number CCT/HQ/ 126/S/ 111/ 515 dated 1st April, 2016 in which you requested for more time to enable you attend the hearing was received.
After due consideration of your request, the Committee rescheduled the hearing to give you at least two weeks from the 4th of April when you should have appeared.
Accordingly, you are now required to appear unfailingly as follows: Thursday, 21st April, 2016, Meeting Room 120 New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex. Time: 2pm
Please, remember to come personally along with 12 copies of any written submission you may wish to present.
The report also said that a source in the CCT said that Umar replied the Senate committee last night, saying that he won’t be able to honour the summons.