The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, has reopened the case of assault levelled against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Danladi Umar.
The CCT Chairman had in a viral video in 2021, allegedly assaulted one Clement Sargwak at the Bannex Plaza in Wuse 2, area of Abuja Federal Capital Territory.
In seeking redress, the victim, filed a petition against Umar through his lawyers to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petition to investigate it. The CCT chairman honoured the debut seating on the case and had shunned honouring subsequent invitations thereafter.
Umar, through his attorneys last year said that he was already in court against the investigation before the Court then gave a declarative judgment on the matter saying that the Senate had the locus stand to proceed with the case.
The Chairman of the Senate panel, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, who addressed journalists on the matter on Wednesday, said the case against Umar had been reopened.
He said, “There was a petition against the CCT Chairman that he assaulted a young Nigerian, Clement Sargwak. The Senate believes that nobody is above the law. Both the young and the old voted for us to represent their interest in the National Assembly.
“The CCT Chairman infringed on the right of a young Nigerian who had no money to approach the Court, brought his petition to the Senate. Rather than appearing before our Committee, Umar went to Court claiming that the Senate had no right to put him on trial.
“The Senate suspended the hearing on the matter till the outcome of the judgement. The High Court has now ruled the Senate has the right to continue the case. The Senate decided to reopen the case because it was a declarative judgment. He was to appear before us today but instead came with court papers claiming that he had appealed the judgment.”
Akinyelure added, “He has now told us through his lawyer that he will never appear before the Senate Committee because the matter is already before the Court of Appeal.
“Danladi Umar is trying to fool the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and we will never allow our name to be dragged in the mud. Umar has a lot of things to hide, he does not want to face the Press because he knows that he has infringed on the rights of a Nigerian.
“Instead of apologising to the victims and his family, and possibly settling the bills of their lawyers, he believes that he could use his position to suppress justice. We will never allow it.”
Umar had included in the suit as stated in the originating summons dated 13th July 2021, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions as well as the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.