The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Friday, 2nd February, 2018 had been charged with allegation of demanding and receiving favour from a defendant standing trial simply identified as Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, a formal custom official over false assets declaration charges before the CCT in 2012 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
You will recall that earlier before now, Mr Danladi Umar had been accused of several offences which were cleared in a letter written to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, which supervises the Code of Conduct Tribunal, ‘We would like to reiterate the Commission’s position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations levelled against Justice Umar were mere suspicious and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence’.
However, there was a clear evidence to prosecute Mr. Abdullahi, the personal assistant of Danladi Umar ‘who could offer no coherent excuse for receiving N1.8 million naira into his salary account from Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo who is an accused person standing trial at the Tribunal’. Though, it was later revealed that Abdullah acted on the script of Danladi Umar.
This came as the CCT had last week fixed Tuesday for the continuation of the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki following the December 12 , 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on three counts of false assets declaration. In June 2017, Mr. Umar ultimately found Mr. Saraki not guilty on all the 18 counts of false assets filings when he was governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011.
The two counts of fraud contradicted Section 12(1) (a) and (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003, Mr. Keyamo, an EFCC prosecutor stated in charge affidavit prepared on January 25 and stamped on February 2 at the Federal High Court, Abuja. The CCT chairman could face up to seven years’ imprisonment if convicted of the charges.
Meanwhile, we are yet to fish out the reason Mr Danladi Umar formaly cleared was now held responsible for the same offence perhaps for unjustly declaring Mr Saraki not guilty after he might have collected bribe just as he did for Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, a formal custom official who was facing the CCT over false assets declaration charges sometimes 2012.
The suit was lodged before the high court by a non governmental organisation under the platform of the Registered Trustees of the Mission for Peace and Development Initiative, through their lawyer, Chief Mike Ozehkome,
SAN. The group hopes that the high court will order Justice Umar resign from his position as the CCT chairman on the ground that he is not fit.
By ABIDEEN, Muhammed Ayomide
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