CCT chair gets Senate’s two-week ultimatum to defend assault allegation

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, on Tuesday gave the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Mr Danladi Umar, two weeks to defend a petition against him.

The red chamber is investigating the petition bordering on assault against Umar

A security guard, Clement Sagwak, had through his counsel, Timzing Ramnap, petitioned the Senate, accusing Umar of assaulting him.

The Senator representing Plateau North, Istifanus Gyang, laid the petition before the Senate on April 29, 2021.

Umar, who appeared before the committee on Tuesday, asked the panel to give him one week to study the detailed petition which was served on him at the session to enable him respond appropriately.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, said on the committee resolved to give Umar two week; that is, till Tuesday, May 18, 2021, to reappear before the committee.

He said although the Senate would proceed on two weeks break on Thursday, the Committee was prepared to reconvene during the break to hear Umar’s defense.

Sagwak, 22, and an employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, told the Senate in his petition that he was attacked by Umar.

He said he was assaulted by Umar and a policeman attached to him after he informed him (Umar) that his car was not properly parked.

He said the CCT boss slapped him several times and forced him to kneel down in the presence of everybody.

A viral video had captured Umar and the guard having an altercation at the Banex Plaza, in Abuja.

Umar had in a statement denied the allegation and claimed that contrary to the content of a circulated video, he was a victim of assault.