Justice Abdul Kafarati of the Federal High Court judge, reversing his position, will this week return to the bench to give a major ruling on the human rights case filed by embattled Senate President Bukola Saraki to stop his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
SaharaReporters learnt that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Ibrahim Auta, secretly returned the case file to Justice Kafarati asking him to deliver his judgement and damn the consequences.
Our sources revealed that the assurance that Kafarati would give the judgement is the reason Mr. Saraki is still in office despite having told several Senators that he would resign in order to save himself further embarrassment at his CCT trial where prosecutors revealed mind-boggling evidence of his corruption when his trial commenced last week.
After Justice Kafarati recused himself from the case, Saraki hired several writers to keep encouraging him to deliver his ruling, which has been revealed to Saraki to be favorable.
Saraki’s lawyer, Prince Ajibola Oluyede, who is a known ally of Justice Kafarati, has also sent a petition to the Chief Judge insisting that he allow Justice Kafarati to deliver his judgement.
Justice Kafarati is the next in line to become the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria. Known in legal circles to be a very corrupt judge, and has been caught with billions of Naira in his personal account by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He claims to have made his wealth from farming.
Previous detailed reporting of his track record by SaharaReporters last month pre-empted Justice Kafarati from delivering his favorable judgement on Saraki’s human rights lawsuit. At that time, he claimed a Catch-22 dilemma: that he could not give either judgement without it being interpreted either as caving to pressure, or being bribed by Saraki.
SaharaReporters learned on Monday that Kafarati has chosen Thursday to give his ruling, which would aim at at scuttling Saraki’s trial.