EFCC lacks powers to clear Umar of bribery allegation – Saraki

EFCC lacks powers to clear Umar of bribery allegation – Saraki
April 25 20:29 2016

Senate President, Dr. Bukola
 Saraki, has queried the powers of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to exonerate the
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice
Danladi Umar, from prosecution, following his alleged
complicity in a 10 million naira bribery scandal.
Saraki dismissed the purported clearance issued to
the CCT chairman by EFCC.
He argued that under the law,
only the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister
of Justice had the powers to shield an accused person
from criminal prosecution.

Saraki’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede,
said the clearance the EFCC issued to Umar could not
override the recommendation the immediate past AGF
made in 2014 for his prosecution.
He said further that EFCC’s position confirmed his earlier stand that he can’t get justice under a tribunal headed by Umar.

Oluyede added that Saraku’s application urging Justice Umar to disqualify
himself from the trial was still pending before the tribunal.
“We are not saying he (Umar) is guilty. We are
saying he is tainted and that he cannot act independently
while the EFCC that is investigating him and had indicted
him is now prosecuting our client before him. That is why
we asked him to excuse himself from the trial.

“He did so before in the case involving former FCT
Minister, Jeremiah Useni, where he excused himself from
the hearing on the grounds that he had a close
relationship with Useni.  We are asking him to do so
again now because of the facts that we have presented,” the lawyer argued.