Show of shame as CCT chairman attacks security man in Abuja popular plaza, lawyers’ group calls for suspension

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, has been spotted in a video assaulting a security guard at a popular plaza in Abuja.

The CCT Chairman in the video was seen at Banex Plaza, located in Wuse, Abuja, addressing the unidentified security man angrily scolding and shouting at him.

At a point, the CCT chairman kicked the security man before he was restrained by the crowd; including police orderlies attached to him.

He was then forced into his vehicle by his police orderlies. The action however didn’t go well with people who felt the security guard was cheated

They suddenly became aggressive and started stoning the vehicles in the CCT chairman’s convoy; smashing their windscreens as well as windows.

Meanwhile, the Lawyers Network Against Corruption (LAWNAC) is calling for the immediate suspension of the CCT Chairman.

In a statement issued by Henry Okolo, Esq, on the 29th March, 2020, LAWNAC stated, “Judges are expected to be the epitome of civility and moral turpitude. The constitutional Oath of Judicial Conduct mandates Judges to be patient; respectful as well as courteous to everyone in and outside the courtroom.

“Occupants of the Bench must avoid all acts that erode respect for the courts; and also confidence in the rule of law and public trust in the judiciary.”

“The actions of a Judicial Officer who undermines the Constitution amounts to gross misconduct and must be taken very seriously. We call on the Nigeria Police Force to immediately commence investigation and for Hon. Danladi Umar to step aside; pending the conclusion of the investigation. If Mr. Umar fails to step aside, he should be suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Article 15 (2) of Part 1 of the 5th Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as amended; which is in pari materia with Section 20 (3) of the Code of Conduct Bureau Act provides that the Chairman of the CCT; shall be a person who is qualified to hold office as a Judge of a superior court of record in Nigeria. In the same vein, Article 17(3) of the same Part 1 of the 5th Schedule which is reproduced verbatim in Section 22 (3) of the CCB Act also provides for the removal of the CCT Chairman for infirmity of the Body or Mind or Gross Misconduct.”

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