DAILY POST has uncovered an ongoing mobilization of ‘Northerners’ who are largely illiterate and involved in hawking water and other menial jobs in Jabi Park for a protest along the street leading to the venue of Code of Conduct Tribunal on Friday.
Our reporter got to the scene of the mobilization at exactly 9.00am at a shanty located directly behind the venue.
A middle-aged man was seen addressing the mobilized youths in Hausa language and simply identified himself as Comrade, but was later identified to be of the Igala speaking tribe. He was seen with a long list of protesters and refused our correspondent to have a look at the list in his hand.
A protester on inquiry disclosed that they were given N1,000.00, noting that some of them participated in last week’s protest and that was why they have good number of them attending the protest today.
“We were given N1,000.00 each because last week, the man fulfilled his promise and today, I have got my own. Oga, you can enter and talk to him.”
DAILY POST further observed that the protesters who are largely between 16 to 21 years hardly speak pidgin English.
Two among the protesters displaying a banner with Saraki’s photograph, bearing ‘ SENATE IS WORKING UNDER SARAKI’ voluntarily requested our correspondent that they should be snapped.
Meanwhile, the trial of Saraki is expected to enter proper hearing in a substantive suit for 13-counts of false declaration of asset when he was governor of Kwara State.
As at last week Friday, the Code of Conduct Tribunal could not proceed on proper hearing for purposes of motion by the defence counsel, Kanu Agabi (SAN) challenging the jurisdiction of CCT.
The implication was that in the last 6 months, it has been pre-trial, a situation, the prosecuting counsel, Rotimi Jacobs described as unhealthy in Nigeria’s Judicial system.
“The tactic of delaying hearing in the last 6 months through counter motion, which bothers on jurisdiction that has traveled from CCT to the Supreme Court only for it to resurface was antithetical to our Judicial system,” Jacobs maintained.