The Senate has ordered the embattled Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar to appear before it on 27th of July 2021 unfailingly or risk issuance of warrant of arrest against him.
The threat came after Umar, asked the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to stop further investigation on alleged assault he meted out to one Clement Sagwak in March this year with originating summons from the Court.
Angered by the development, the Committee described the originating summons as fruitless ambushing and gave the embattled CCT Chairman, 27th of July this year to appear before
it unfailingly or risk issuance of warrant of arrest against him .
The committee had on the strength of petition forwarded to it by Clement Sagwak’s lawyer , Barrister Timzing Venyir Ramnal, summoned Danladi Umar to appear before it which he did once in April and begged for time to study the petition.
Since then, the CCT Chairman has refused to appear before the Committee on grounds of alleged indisposition.
Disturbed by Umar’s refusal to appear before it, the Committee chaired by Senator Ayo Akinyelure (Ondo Central), penultimate week, ordered for his unfailing appearance on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.
But at the session, an attorney to Danladi Umar, Barrister Toluwa Odekhe , told the Committee that the matter is already in court and has two originating summons to that effect.
“Distinguished Chairman of this committee and other members, I most respectfully on behalf of my client, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal ( CCT), inform you that the matter scheduled for discuss here, is already in court and any move to continue any form of proceedings on it, is subjudice”, he said.
But the Chairman of the Senate Committee, Ayo Akinyelure said the action of the CCT chairman was a clear ambush which will not work adding that as provided for in the 1999 Constitution, no arm of government can stop another arm from doing its constitutional mandate.
“From repeated excuses of indisposition given within the last two months, you are now coming up with subjudice to frustrate the Committee from forging ahead with investigation on assault your client visited on another fellow Nigerian.
“This committee will not be cowed by the purported originating summons because none of the parties went to court before we started investigation on petition bordering on assaults.
“Therefore, Danladi Umar, wherever you are on your sick bed, you must appear before this Committee in two weeks time unfailingly to avoid invocation of section 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution which borders on warrant of arrest,” he said.
A member of the Committee, Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), accused Danladi Umar’s Attorney of acting in bad faith.
“Your client the CCT Chairman himself appeared before this committee at the first summon and begged for time to study the petition filed against him by the innocent Nigerian he alleged assaulted here in Abuja in March.
“Thereafter, it has been excuses upon excuses on alleged indisposition for non appearance of your client before this Committee within the last two months, only for you to come up with purported originating summons from the court today (yesterday).
“This is unacceptable and clear case of ambushing the committee from carrying out its legitimate assignment which had been on before the hurried resort to the court of law.
“Justice must not be denied the petitioner just because he is an ordinary Nigerian since the laws of the land are for everybody and not just for those in high places.
“Tell your client to as ruled by this Committee Chairman, to appear before the Committee unfailingly in two weeks time,” he said.
Earlier before the Committee ruling, the counsel of the petitioner, Timzing Ramnal urged the Committee to issue warrant of arrest on Danladi Umar without any further delay.
He complained that repeated postponement of the session, has been having toll on him and his clients financially.