The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, on Tuesday appealed to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition to discontinue investigation in respect of a petition on him assaulting a security guard, Clement Sagwak, in March with an originating Court Order.
The committee responded by describing the originating summons as a baseless effort to railroad it from its responsibilities.
The CCT chairman was given up till the 27th of July, 2021 to appear before the Court, or risk issuance of a warrant of arrest against him.
The Committee based on a petition forwarded to the Senate by Sagwak’s lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnal, summoned Umar to appear before it, to which Umar complied in April.
The CCT Chairman at the time requested for an extension to enable him to respond to the Petition.
The CCT Chairman has been unable to attend in person before the committee since then for reasons of indisposition.
Concerned about Umar’s inability to appear before it, the Committee Chairman, Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central), penultimate week, summoned the CCT Chairman to appear before it “unfailingly” on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
However, during the session yesterday, Umar was absent again but his counsel – Toluwa Odekhe, told the committee that the matter was in court and had two originating summons to serve on the committee to that effect.
“Distinguished chairman of this committee and other members, I most respectfully on behalf of my client, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), informed you that the matter scheduled for discussion here is already in Court and any move to continue any form of proceedings on it, is sub judice”, he stated.
Nevertheless, Akinyelure noted that the action was a deliberate attempt to ambush the committee and could not succeed as the Nigerian Constitution states clearly that one arm of government can stop another from carrying out its responsibilities and mandate.