Saraki’s Trial: Justice Umar Warns Against Use Of Electronic Device To Record Proceedings
The trial Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar on Wednesday warned against the use of electronic devices to take record of proceedings.
Umar on commencement of today’s trial announced that some people recorded and published his proceedings with the aim of creating bias in the minds of the general public.
He said, “It has come to the notice of this tribunal that some people used their devices to record proceedings and distributed to members of the public with the aim of disabusing their minds.
” It is established that it is unlawful for anyone to come here and take clips of proceedings and publish to the general public with the aim of creating bias.
“Anyone doing so should desist or the consequences of such action will take its effect.
“I will meet with the lead counsels to decide if the proceedings should be televised live for the public to see.
“We do not belong to anyone, as we are here to do what is right.”
An unknown person had last week recorded the drama that ensued between Umar and the counsel of Saraki, Rapheal Oluyede who brought to the notice of the tribunal, an application seeking that the Chairman of the tribunal disqualifies himself because of likelihood of bias as he is under investigation of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC for an alleged corruption.
Umar had refused to entertain the application, saying that Oluyede was not a counsel on record when he filed the motion. This led to an exchange of words which was recorded and posted on the social media.
However, the chairman has began entertaining the hearing of the motion to recuse himself at the resumed hearing of the tribunal on Wednesday.