A three-minute call from a top security official (name withheld) altered the direction of judgement passed by Justice Abdulkadiri Kafarati of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Senate President Bukola Saraki last Friday, Ripples can exclusively report.
It was learnt that Kafarati, who earlier withdrew from the case based on reports that he had been compromised, had already prepared a favourable ruling for Saraki.
It was gathered that the camp of the Senate President was already in a boisterous mood, fully confident that Saraki was going to get off the hook.
In anticipation of this, sources confirmed that at least 10 editors of major newspapers met with Saraki at his official residence around 1am on Friday for briefing on how to report the much-expected ruling.
Each of them reportedly pocketed N2.5million to engineer news reports that will paint the former Kwara governor in the best possible light.
They were reportedly told to present him as a victim of high-wired political intrigues with the expected ruling further proving his innocence.
Ripples learnt that everything appeared fixed until few minutes when the Judge was preparing to enter the courtroom to deliver the ruling.
A call, reportedly from a top-level security official, however proved to be the game changer.
The security goon, it was gathered, told Kafarati of available intelligence reports on his alleged deals with Saraki.
The Judge, it was further learnt, was told of the existence of his call logs with the Senate President during which they extensively discussed the case.
The mention of the call logs, according to the source, melted Kafarati’s defence.