By Sanni Onogu, Abuja
The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, on Tuesday asked the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to stop further investigation into a petition which accused him of assaulting a security guard, Clement Sagwak, in March with an originating summons from a court.
Apparently displeased with the development, the committee described the originating summons as a fruitless attempt to ambush it.
It gave the CCT chairman up till July 27 to appear before it, unfailingly, or risk issuance of a warrant of arrest against him.
The committee had, on the strength of a petition forwarded to the Senate by Sagwak’s lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnal, summoned Umar to appear before it, which he did once in April.
Umar had begged for time to study the petition.
Since then, the CCT chairman has refused to appear in person before the committee on grounds of alleged indisposition.
Disturbed by Umar’s refusal to appear before it, the committee, chaired by Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central), penultimate week, summoned him to appear before it “unfailingly” on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
But during the session yesterday, Umar was absent, though 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), inform 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 said.
Akinyelure said the move was a clear ambush which would not work because the Constitution provides that no one arm of government can stop another from carrying out its mandate.