THE trial of Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over alleged false declaration of assets took a twist yesterday as he openly denied hiring the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Alfa Modibo Belgore (rtd), to compromise Appeal Court Justices and turn the case in his favour.
Saraki is in the Court of Appeal seeking to stop his trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT). The Senate President who spoke through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in response to an online publication, declared that the author of the report had “maliciously and falsely written that he engaged Justice Belgore to compromise judges on the panel of the Court of Appeal hearing.
“This malicious report is part of the desperation to always drag the person of the Senate President in the mud where the owners and sponsors of the medium naturally dwell. Apart from the fact that Dr. Saraki will not get involved in transactions, discussions and actions aimed at destroying the judiciary or muffling the voice of justice, those who know the relationship between the duo, know that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria is not the type that will put his hard-earned reputation in jeopardy by getting involved in any attempt to subvert the cause of Justice.
“Justice Belgore is known generally as a honourable jurist, incorruptible judge and a man of integrity.’’