The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki on 13-count charge of false assets declaration before the Code of Conduct Tribunal began on a convivial note on Wednesday morning.
Mr. Danladi Umar who came about 30 minutes after the scheduled 10:00 am resumption time had set the “good feel” rolling when immediately after taking his seat, he greeted the counsels and the court, Good morning! to which the whole court roar back in response.
Then, when the counsels were announcing their appearance, Kanu Agabi, the lead defence counsel had announced the name of Raphael Oluyede, the lawyer who was involved in altercations with the Chairman of the Tribunal at the last sitting over a motion he filed asking Umar to disqualify himself from hearing the case.
On mentioning the name of Oluyede, Mr Umar interjected, “My friend,”
The defence counsel retorted: “Your very good friend,” a response which elicited laughter from Mr Umar. “Let him stand up and bow to you,” Agabi commanded.
Oluyede promptly stood up and bow to the Chairman of CCT.