Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar- who’s overseeing the trial of Senate President, Bukola Saraki- may have a few troubles of his own.
It has come to the fore that Justice Umar was indicted of corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission a few years ago.
The House of Representatives, on Tuesday received two different petitions against Umar, alleging impropriety and abuse of office in the discharge of his duties.
The petitions were presented on the floor of the House by the chairman of the House Committee on Army, Rep. Rima Kwewum, PDP, Taraba State on behalf of Anti-Corruption Network.
One petition urged the House to investigate alleged acts of impropriety purportedly committed by Umar, while the other one requested the House to investigate the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for failing to act on the investigation of the EFCC on Umar.
The CCT Chairman Umar is accused of not following due process mechanism in the discharge of his duties especially in the award of contracts.
He was accused of receiving the sum of N1 million on July 14, 2011 to organise his own wedding, and also approving the payment of N4.2 million to Chinox Global Investment Limited for the “replacement of external security light bulbs.”
It was also revealed on Monday, that former Attorney General (AGF) of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN), had recommended the removal and prosecution of Umar by the EFCC over alleged collection of bribe.
A retired Comptroller of Customs, Rasheed Taiwo, had alleged that Umar demanded N10 million bribe from him to quash a case against him.
Consequently, Adoke had written a letter to former President Jonathan dated 7th May, 2014 with reference number, advising him to remove Umar from office as chairman of the CCT..
Adoke’s letter had said: “I am of the humble opinion that the current state of affairs by which the tribunal is unable to seat while the institution is increasingly diminished by the pall of suspicion, should not be allowed to fester as it will expose the institution to public ridicule and undermine this administration’s efforts to combat corruption.
“In the light of the foregoing therefore, Your Excellency may wish to initiate the necessary steps for the removal of the chairman.”