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Judge withdraws from Saraki’s case
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Judge withdraws from Saraki’s case

Iyene Etim

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday has returned the case filed in by Saraki against the Code of Conduct Tribunal and the Code of Conduct Bureau to the Chief Judge of the FHC, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-assignment after Justice Ahmed Mohammed withdrew from the case.

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.

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.

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he can be impeached if he interferes in the Code of Conduct Tribunal case against Saraki over charges of false assets declaration.

Saraki, on September 11, had been served a 13-count by the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation. The Senate President responded by calling it a witch-hunt.

Responding to questions about his current relationship with the Senate President, Buhari said that he had been communicating with Saraki through letter.

“There are some appointments which the Senate has to approve and I cannot remember how many letters I have personally written to him, because it is constitutional.

“There are people I want to work with but I cannot work with them unless the National Assembly approves. So, I have been writing to the Senate President and to the Speaker of the House (of Representatives) and it is constitutional,” he said.