The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar has issued a stern warning to individuals recording and posting on the Internet video clips of the proceedings of Senate President Bukola Saraki’s trial to desist or face the full weight of the law.
Speaking at the commencement of today’s trial, the judge said that some people recorded and published his proceedings with the aim of creating bias in the minds of the general public.
He said, “It has come to the notice of this tribunal that some people used their devices to record proceedings and distributed to members of the public with the aim of disabusing their minds.
” It is established that it is unlawful for anyone to come here and take clips of proceedings and publish to the general public with the aim of creating bias.
“Anyone doing so should desist or the consequences of such action will take its effect.
“I will meet with the lead counsels to decide if the proceedings should be televised live for the public to see.
“We do not belong to anyone, as we are here to do what is right.”
The refusal of the CCT chairman to allow audio and video recording may be unconnected to the scenario that happened last week.
It would be recalled that video clips of Justice Umar shouting at one of the counsels to Senate President Bukola Saraki who moved a motion for the Judge to disqualify himself from the trial went viral on the Internet last week.