There was palpable tension Thursday morning at the as the Chairman of the Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar ordered the police to throw out Rapheal Oluyede, one of the lawyers to the Senate President, for contempt following an argument over a motion asking the Chairman to disqualify himself from the case.
It was gathered that Oluyede had filed an application asking the Tribunal Chairman to disqualify himself from hearing the suit of false assets declaration against the Senate President on the basis of an alleged ongoing investigation by the EFCC.
The lawyer had in the petition argued that Mr. Umar is likely to be biased against his client since he is being probed by the anti-grant agency which is also in the vanguard of prosecution of Saraki.
The prosecution counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, howvere objected strongly to the motion, and interrupted Mr. Oluyede.
The tribunal chairman dismissed the motion swiftly.
“That motion as far as the tribunal is concerned is of no consequence; not worthy to be entertained and is hereby thrown away,” said Mr. Umar.
The tribunal soon became rowdy as the counsel holding brief for Kanu Agabi, Mr. Saraki’s lead counsel, insisted they be heard.
After making his point, Mr. Oluyede got into a fierce argument with Mr. Danladi and was almost escorted out of the tribunal by the police, following the order of the tribunal chairman, before Mr. Jacobs intervened and pleaded with Mr. Danladi to calm the situation.
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