The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar has complained that no fewer than 100 lawyers have so far appeared for the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, over his trial on alleged false asset declaration.
Justice Umar, who obviously felt confused on which of the lawyers doing what said: “the records of this tribunal show that 100 counsels have represented the defendant. The head counsel, Kanu Agabi, should be the one to conduct the cross examination and when he is unable, he is entitled to nominate other counsels.
“A situation where different lawyers take on the cross examination at different time will not help this proceedings. Anything short of this, the tribunal will not allow.”
Several Senior Advocates (SANs), like Paul Erokoro, Paul Usoro and the lead counsel, Kanu Agabi have so far cross examined the first witness.
Reacting, Federal Government’s counsel, Rotimi Jacobs, SAN, said all counsels should speak through one voice.
Jocobs said, “All litigants should speak through one voice, no law allows that several counsels should cross examine one witness.
“This is the ninth day different counsels are cross examining this particular witness. If your lordship allows this, the matter will continue forever.” [myad]