The coalition, Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC), petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate the alleged role Deputy Supreme Court Registrar, Mrs. Sarki-Bello, played in the decision to halt the corruption trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The petition, signed by CSNAC’s Chairman Olanrewaju Surahu, should begin their investigation by examining a report published on November, 13th by SaharaReporters.
In the report, SaharaReporters exposed the backdoor meetings between Mrs. Sarki-Bello and Toyin Sanusi, an employee of Mr. Saraki. An anonymous source informed SaharaReporters that the purpose of these meetings was to procure a cessation of the corruption trial of the Senate President. The report in its entirety can be found here.
In their petition, CSNAC argued that the information revealed in the SaharaReporters story indicated, “a clear case of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and a high level of corruption.” The coalition argued that the Supreme Court sets the judicial standard for the rest of the nation’s courts. Therefore, allowing corruption to “fester” at the top level of the Supreme Court would lead to a dangerous trend in judicial precedence.
The petition concluded with a renewed call for the investigation, and if found culpable prosecution, of Mrs. Sarki-Bello for her role in the, “in the controversial circumstances that culminated in the halting of the trial of the Senate President before the Code of Conduct Trial by the Supreme Court.”