The chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal has once again refused to hands off the ongoing trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
On Thursday, Umar dismissed an application filed by Saraki’s lawyer, asking him to disqualify himself from the trial.
One of Mr. Saraki’s counsel, Rapheal Olueyede, had on April 20 applied for the disqualification of Mr. Umar, accusing the judge of being biased and having a case of bribery against his name.
Mr. Oluyede was almost thrown out of the tribunal after the application led to a heated exchange between him and Justice Umar.
Mr. Umar described the application as utter rubbish and dismissed it immediately.
He however allowed Mr. Oluyede to make the same application on Wednesday and stated that the tribunal would rule on the application Thursday.
On Thursday, Mr. Umar held that the Attorney General’s office had the legal prerogative to institute a suit against anyone found to have a case of fraud.
He also held that it was within the powers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate him