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CCT chair tackles Senate in court, N’Assembly threatens judge’s arrest

- Sunday Aborisade, Abuja

THE Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, on Tuesday attempted to stop the probe into the alleged assault against him by the Senate with an originatin­g summons from the court.

The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions is investigat­ing Umar over a case of alleged assault against one Clement Sagwak in March this year.

But the committee described the originatin­g summons as a fruitless ambush.

The panel therefore gave the embattled CCT Chairman, two weeks, July 27, to appear before

it or risk issuance of warrant of arrest against him .

The committee had on the strength of petition forwarded to it by Sagwak’s lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnal, summoned Umar to appear before it which he did in April and begged for time to study the petition.

Since then, the CCT Chairman had refused to appear before the committee.

At the session on Tuesday, Umar’ lawyer, Toluwa Odekhe , told the committee that the matter was in court and had two originatin­g summons to that effect .

He said, “I most respectful­ly on behalf of my client, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, 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.”

The Chairman of the committee, replied him that his action was a clear ambush which would not work as no arm of government could stop another arm from doing its constituti­onally mandated work.

Akinyelure said, “This committee will not be cowed by the purported originatin­g summons because none of the parties went to court before it started its 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.”

A member of the committee, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, who is also the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, accused Umar lawyer of acting in bad faith .

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