Senate panel orders CCT chairman to defend assault petition against him

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, has ordered the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr Danladi Umar, to within two weeks , defend a petition against him on alleged public assault against a security guard at the Bannex Plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja.

A security guard, Clement Sagwak, had through his counsel, Timzing Ramnap, petitioned the Senate in which he accused Mr Umar of assaulting him.

Senator Istifanus Gyang ( PDP Plateau North), laid the petition before the Senate on April 29, 2021.

Umar, who appeared before the committee at a special session 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.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ayo Akinyelure ( PDP Ondo Central), said the committee resolved to give Mr. Umar two weeks, that is, Tuesday May 18, 2021, to reappear before it.

He said even though the Senate would proceed on a two weeks break on Thursday, the Committee is prepared to reconvene during the break to hear the respondent (Umar).

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 while undergoing his lawful activities.

A viral five minute 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 an assault by people who chanted “secessionist and sectional slogans.”

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