Judge Withdraws From Saraki’s Corruption Trial Over Online Report
Justice Ahmed Mohammed, the judge of the Federal High Court in Abuja, who is presiding over the case of corpution and false declaration of assets brought against Senate President, Bukola Saraki has withdrawn from the case.
Mohammed reportedly handed over the case to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mahmud Mohammed, to reassign the case to another judge.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Wednesday, Justice Mohammed attributed his decision to return the case file to what he described as “negative reports” on the case.
The judge expressed displeasure at the reports in the media that he ordered the CCB and CCT to stop the prosecution of Saraki, adding that the reports had already created a negative opinion in the mind of many Nigerians.
Precisely, two weeks ago, Justice Mohammed had summoned the CCB and the CCT over the planned arraignment of Saraki by the CCB.
Justice Mohammed had while granting the motion ex parte that was argued before him, directed the CCB and the CCT to appear before him on September 21, 2015 and show cause why the interim injunction being sought by the Senate President should not be granted.
He also directed that all the plaintiffs should be served with the motion ex parte and the accompanied affidavit while hearing notice should be served on all the respondents.