Senate seeks to retaliate against CCT boss for humiliating its president by commencing investigations into allegations against him
In what appeared to be a retaliatory move against Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar, the Senate yesterday commenced investigation into allegations of fraud, bribery and inflation of contracts leveled against him.
This followed the a petition presented against Umar on the floor of the Red Chamber by a member of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Obinna Ogba, who explained that the petition was signed by one Ajaso I. Ajaso, on behalf of a group known as Anti Corruption Network (ACN).
The UNION reports that Saraki is currently standing trial before Umar’s panel over a 13-count charge of alleged false declaration of assets, which was contained in the form he (Saraki) filled as the Governor of Kwara State at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) way back in 2003.
Ogba further explained that the petitioners, who had not sought judicial remedy against Umar, are, however, seeking the Senate’s intervention to probe the corrupt allegations contained in the document. Saraki consequently referred the petition to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, and asked the Chairman, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, to carry out a thorough investigation and report in two weeks.
When contacted, after Plenary to get details of the petition, Anyanwu said that it had already received legislative action. It will be recalled that a group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Tuesday last week, petitioned the two chambers of the National Assembly, demanding for an immediate probe of an alleged N10 million bribery scandal involving Umar.
HURIWA’s petition was signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, and addressed to Senate President, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara. The group noted that the EFCC had started an investigation into the alleged bribery allegations leveled against Umar and his personal assistant, Mr. Ali Gambo Abdullahi.
HURIWA clarified that as a civil society group, whose main objective is advocacy and protection of human rights in Nigeria, the immediate probe of the CCT boss would send a strong signal to those still doubting President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti corruption war.
“We write to bring to your attention for further investigation and necessary action a report of likely conspiracy by the EFCC, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Code of Conduct Tribunal to remove the Senate President from Office using the instrumentality of their public offices to achieve their aims,” the petition read in part.
The group alleged that the EFCC, through the CCT, launched a counter attack on Saraki following the decision of the senate to probe the former chairman of the anti – graft agency, Lamorde sometimes in August this year. “The Senate recently launched an investigation against the activities of the Chairman of the EFCC.
The EFCC as a counter attack initiated and launched the prosecution of the Senate President as a retaliatory measure using the offices of the Attorney General of the Federation and a highly compromised Code of Conduct Tribunal to achieve their aim of removing the Senate President from office.
“The EFCC is aware that a compromised Code of Conduct Tribunal will always do its bidding because it has already concluded investigation into an N10 million bribery allegation against the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar and his personal assistant, Mr. Ali Gambo Abdullahi,” the petition read.
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja