Mr Danladi Umar, the indicted Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal have affirmed that he would have sent one of Bukola defense counsel, Raphael Oluyede, straight to Prison, but for the begging from some other lawyers.
The lead defense counsel, Kanu Agabi was not in court when the exchange of words between the emotionally charged Tribunal Chairman, charged on Oluyede, Saraki’s attorney.
According to the Video made avaliable to Hope For Nigeria, the exchange of words was over an application filed by the lawyer.
Oluyede had in the application asked Mr. Umar to disqualify himself from hearing the suit against Saraki over allegations that he is also being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC which is also leading the prosecution of the Senate President.
Regrettably, the exchange of words had degenerated into arguments during which Mr. Umar started an unseen bullying of the lawyer, ordering him to seat down and back form from the request that he should disengage from being in charge of Saraki’s trial. Mr Umar threatened to send the lawyer to prison for contempt, a power Hope For Nigeria later understood, the Tribunal does not have according to the statue setting it up.
Agabi (SAN) arrived shortly and briefly interrupted proceedings to apologize for the behaviour of a member of his team.
Agabi told Mr Umar that Oluyede was a member of his team and was announced among the defence counsels on Wednesday.
He also urged the Tribunal Chairman not to judge the lawyer by his weakness.
Mr Umar added that, “the point I was making was that when that application was filed, he filed it at a time he was not appearing and this is an issue tried at High Court which he brought it here.”
“I have said I will not listen to that motion. I would have sent him to prison for contempt in the face of the court. He was arguing with me. I would have sent him to jail. He would have been cooling his feet there now. Maybe from there, he will be taken to another place. It was because other colleagues begged me that I allow him to be sit there now,” Mr Umar told Agabi.
Responding to Umar’s outburst, Agabi said: “Don’t be angry. If other people annoy you, would you send them to prison?,”. Agabi queried. “In this case, I would have done that,” Mr Umar reaffirmed. Agabi however appealed to him not to be annoyed with the lawyer.