CCT Chairman and Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs both absent in Court one hour after time of sitting
As the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, continues at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), despite the Chairman of the CCT adjourning the court’s proceedings to 10am on today, as at 11am, both the Prosecuting Counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, and the Chairman of the CCT were not in court.
Many will recall that on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, while entertaining a motion filed by one of Saraki’s Counsel’s, Ajibola Oluyede, requested that the CCT boss withdraw from presiding over the CCT because of pending bribery charges against him by the EFCC.
Disagreeing with the motion, Rotimi Jacobs, seemed to assume a new role as the Counsel to the CCT Chairman – giving the court reasons why the CCT Chairman should not recuse himself, in spite of the fact that it had been established by EFCC investigative reports that as a suspect in a N10million bribery investigation, Dan Ladi Umar was thus unfit to preside over a case being investigated by the EFCC
As observers in court waited for the arrival of both the CCT Chairman and Jacobs, many wondered aloud if they are in fact colluding on the delivery of the judgement filed by Saraki’s Counsel, as some online news publications seemed to suggest they were after Wednesday’s ruling.