Though Agabi, was not in court when there was an exchange of words between the Tribunal Chairman, Danladi Umar and Oluyede early today, but on his arrival, Agabi interrupted proceedings to apologize for Oluyede’s behavior. The Senior Advocate of Nigeria told Mr. Umar that Oluyede was a member of his team and was announced among the defence counsels yesterday. He also urged the Tribunal Chairman not to judge the lawyer by his weakness.
“Don’t be angry. If other people annoy you, would you send them to prison? ”. Agabi queried.
“In this case, I would have done that,” Mr. Umar reaffirmed.
Agabi, however, appealed to him not to be annoyed with the lawyer.
But for the intervention of other lawyers in court, Umar would have sent Oluyede to prison.
The exchange of words was over an application filed by the attorney. Oluyede had in the application asked Mr. Umar to disqualify himself from hearing the suit against Saraki over allegations that he is also being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, which is also leading the prosecution of the Senate President.
The exchange of words had degenerated into arguments during which Mr. Umar threatened to send the lawyer to prison for contempt.
“The point I was making was that when that application was filed, he filed at a time he was not appearing, and this is an issue tried at High Court, and he brought it here,”
“I have said I will not listen to that motion. I would have sent him to prison for contempt in the face of the court. He was arguing with me. I would have sent him to prison. He would have been cooling his feet there now. Maybe from there, he will be taken to another place. It was because other colleagues begged for him that I allowed him to be sitting there now,” Mr. Umar told Agabi.