- Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, has been asked to appear before a Senate committee no matter the condition he is in
- The lawmakers are investigating Umar over allegations that he assaulted one Clement Sagwak in March
- Meanwhile, the CCT boss has approached the court over the case but the move has been dismissed by the lawmakers
Following an attempt by the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, to stop the probe into the alleged assault against him by the Senate, the Senate committee on ethics, privileges and public petitions has asked him to appear before them if he does not want to be arrested.
Danladi, not appearing before the lawmakers, had claimed that the case was already in court and any move to continue any form of proceedings on it is subjudice, Punch Newspaper reports.
You must appear before this committee
In reaction, the chairman of the committee, Ayo Akinyelure, blasted him, saying his action was a clear ambush that would not work, Leadership Newspaper added.
“This committee will not be cowed by the purported originating summons because none of the parties went to court before it started its investigation on petition bordering on assaults
“Therefore, Danladi Umar, wherever you are on your sick bed, you must appear before this committee in two weeks time unfailingly to avoid invocation of section 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution which borders on warrant of arrest.”
Security guard was assaulted by Umar at Banex Plaza
Legit.ng had reported that the Senate waded into assault allegations levelled against Danladi Umar, in a petition by one Clement Sagwak.
Sagwak, a guard, said he was assaulted by Umar at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja, on March 29. He had also petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to probe the incident.
Do not blame the Senate
In another development, a Nigerian senator declared that the upper chamber should not be blamed for clearing Dr. Isa Pantami for his appointment as the minister of communication and digital economy.
Dr. Ajibola Basiru, the chairman, Senate committee on media and public affairs, made this known in Abuja on Saturday, May 1. Basiru stated this is a reaction to Nigerians who blamed the red chamber for not doing a thorough screening on Pantami before his appointment was confirmed.
According to him, no security report indicted the minister at the time of his screening. The Senate committee chairman went on to note that no individual, group, or organisation had approached the upper legislative chamber with any concrete evidence that could warrant the sacking of the embattled minister.
Source: Legit Nigeria