CCT chair takes Senate to court over assault, lawmakers threaten judge’s arrest

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Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar

ABUJA – The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Tuesday attempted to stop the probe into the allegation of assault leveled against him by the Senate an originating summons from the court.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Petitions is investigating Umar over a case of alleged assault against one Clement Sagwak, man, at Banex Plaza, Wuse II, Abuja, in March this year.

But the committee described the originating summons as a fruitless ambush.

The panel therefore gave the embattled CCT Chairman, two weeks, July 27, to appear before
it or risk issuance of warrant of arrest against him .

The committee had on the strength of petition forwarded to it by Sagwak’s lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnal, summoned Umar to appear before it which he did in April and begged for time to study the petition.

Since then, the CCT chairman had refused to appear before the committee.

At the session on Tuesday, Umar’ lawyer, Toluwa Odekhe , told the committee that the matter was in and had two originating summons to that effect .

He said, “I most respectfully on behalf of my client, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, inform you that the matter scheduled for discuss here is already in and any move to continue any form of proceedings on it is subjudice.”

The chairman of the committee, replied him that his action was  a clear ambush which would not as no arm of government could stop another arm from doing its constitutionally mandated work.

Akinyelure said, “This committee will not be cowed by the purported originating summons because none of the parties went to 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 on warrant of arrest.”

A of the committee, Senator  Opeyemi Bamidele, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human and Legal Matters, accused Umar lawyer of acting in bad faith. (The Punch)