Justice Abdul Kafarati of the federal high court, Abuja, today withdrew from the suit filed by Senate President Bukola Saraki due to an online media report accusing him of corruption to the tune N2billion.
See the media report that made the judge quit:
Billionaire Judge To Rule Tuesday On Saraki’s Application To Quash Corruption Trial
Justice Abdul Kafarati, a federal judge who owns the distinction of having issued the highest number of injunctions on a cash-and carry basis in Nigeria, will rule on Tuesday on an application by beleaguered Senate President Bukola Saraki to have the corruption charges against him quashed by the court.
Saraki approached the court after a federal judge in Lagos dismissed a similar request for lack of jurisdiction. It would also be recalled that last year, his lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, approached another federal judge also in Lagos with a fundamental rights lawsuit as the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) prepared to commence trial against him for false declaration of assets. However, as public pressure mounted on the law courts for doing Saraki’s bidding, the judge ruled that he didn’t have jurisdiction to continue the case.
Last month, soon after the Supreme Court ruled that the CCT has jurisdiction to try the Senate President, Oloyede secretly filed a lawsuit with Justice Kafarati, asking him to disqualify the lead judge at the CCT and stop his trial in its entirety.
Legal observers who spoke to SaharaReporters at the weekend said the case was legally faulty because a court of similar jurisdiction had dismissed it in Lagos and that as soon the Supreme Court ruled on the matter of trial a lower court should never have entertained a lawsuit challenging any portion of the ruling of the highest court in the country.
People knowledgeable about Justice Kafarati and Saraki’s Prince Oloyede said the two have always partnered to assist the rich and powerful to abort the efforts of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and other security agencies seeking to bring some highly-connected Nigerians to justice.
Source: Sahara Reporters
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