A coalition of civil society groups, Civil Society Network Against Corruption, CSNAC, has urged the National Judicial Council, NJC, to sanction the counsel to the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, stating that they misled the Senator in his ongoing trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
In a statement issued by the organisation, which is made up of over 150 civil society groups, through its chairman, Olanrewaju Suraj, CSNAC said the Senate president’s lead lawyers, Joseph Daodu and Mahmud Magaji, both Senior Advocates of Nigeria, erred by advising their client to shun the summons of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT
The CCT had summoned Mr. Saraki to answer a 13-count charge of fraudulent acquisition and declaration of assets while in office as the governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
The statement said the accused person did not appear at the Tribunal scheduled to commence on Friday, September18, 2015 because his lawyers were busy shopping for an ex-parte order to prevent the Tribunal from sitting.
“Instead of advising his client to honour the summons, Mr. Magaji SAN headed for the Federal High Court where he unsuccessfully sought an order ex parte to restrain the Tribunal from hearing the criminal case.
“On his part, although Mr. Daudu SAN had undertaken to produce his client on Monday, September 21, 2015 he rushed to the Court of Appeal where he unsuccessfully sought an ex parte order to prevent the Tribunal from sitting. On that same day the Federal High Court refused to stop the Tribunal from sitting. Once again, the accused person did not appear at the Tribunal”.
While establishing that the misleading advice from the lawyers was responsible for Mr. Saraki’s absence from the tribunal, the group said, “In defending his action for treating the Code of Conduct with contempt in the circumstance, the Senate President disclosed to Nigerians that he did not appear at the Tribunal on the advice of his lawyers”.
Hinging their call for sanction on the misleading advice, the coalition said, “Having betrayed their Oath as senior advocates by advising their client to treat the Code of Conduct Tribunal with disdain, they ought to be sanctioned to serve as a deterrent to other lawyers in the country.
“We are therefore compelled to request the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee to sanction the senior advocates who have been indicted by the senate president.
“Having led their client to defy the summons of the Code of Conduct Tribunal we urge the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee to sanction Messrs. Daudu and Magaji as their conduct is a total betrayal of the Oath taken by them as legal practitioners.
“The discipline of the two senior advocates of Nigeria will serve as a deterrent to other legal practitioners who are in the habit of advising their clients to treat court orders with disdain”, CSNAC said.
Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021
Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.
The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.
Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”
The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.
Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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