Saraki’s case Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki pleaded to Justice Danladi Umar not to put him in the dock as he appeared before the Code of Conduct Tribunal on Tuesday.

Saraki was to answer questions on the alleged false declaration of his assets, a development that had generated serious public debate in the last one week.

The senate president had refused to appear before CCT, having filed a counter case against the legality of his summon by the tribunal.

However, on Monday evening, he agreed to show up and when he finally appear before the panel on Tuesday and his case was called at 10:30 am, the senator was reluctant to mount the dock.
The trial tribunal, headed by Justice Danladi Umar, also refused to recognize Saraki, pretending not to see him, until he mounted the dock.

Justice Umar had queried, “Where is the prosecution, is the accused person here?”, “My lord I cannot see him. I think the first thing is for him to enter the dock first, then we will announce our appearances. After which the charge will be read to him”, the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Rotimi Jacobs submitted.

In a quick response the defense counsel to Saraki, Mr. J.B Daudu responded, “With profound respect to the chairman and member of this tribunal, I agree with my learned brother that we should enter appearances first. The order of this tribunal was that the accused should be produced today. It was not for him to enter his plea. 

Daudu vehemently opposed the idea of Saraki entering the dock, relying on an Appeal Court decided case law in Igbeke vs FRN, ‎2015, 3 NWLR.

But after little drama, Saraki entered the dock and pleaded not guilty to the 13-count criminal charge that was preferred against him by the federal government.
The Tribunal has however adjourned sitting to October 21, 2015.