Court orders CCT chair to submit to Senate probe over assault on security guard
Written by on April 26, 2022
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, to appear before the Nigerian Senate for probe on allegations of misconduct brought against him in a public petition.
A 23-year-old security guard at the popular Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja, Clement Sargwak, had sent the petition to the Senate after he was assaulted by the CCT chairman on March 29 last year.
Mr Umar was caught on camera slapping and kicking Mr Sargwak during a squabble between them over a parking space on the premises.
Mr Sargwak had petitioned the Senate through his lawyer, Timzing Ramnap, in quest of justice.
But Mr Umar filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja to stop a probe into the matter by the Senate. He argued that the Senate lacked constitutional power to conduct a hearing on the complaint.
But delivering judgment on Tuesday, the judge, Inyang Ekwo, dismissed Mr Umar’s suit.
The court held that the case of the CCT chairman lacked merit and gave no cogent reason to stop the Senate from undertaking its constitutional functions.
The judge said Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 constitution under which Mr Umar sought to be protected by the court did not confer any protection on him.
The judge noted that it will be illogical for the CCT boss to seek to stop the senate probe as doing so will give an impression that he is above the law.
Mr Ekwo held that the declaratory prayers that were sought by Mr Umar for injunctions against the Senate could not be granted because the case lacked merit.
Mr Umar’s conduct was widely condemned with many Nigerians calling for his prosecution.