By Stanley Onyekwere
A Civil Society Organisation, Youths for Justice in Nigeria, has picked holes in the media interview granted by the security guard allegedly assaulted by the Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Y. Umar, at Bannex plaza in Abuja.
The group asserted that the media interview runs contrary to the video that went viral on social media platforms, while describing the victim as genius in dishing tissues of lies.
The group’s National Coordinator, Prince Samuel Pai’, in a statement issued in Abuja called on Nigerian Bar Association and other Human Rights Organisations to be fair and thorough in their respective investigations into the matter, saying “being loud doesn’t increase the value or validity of opinion.
Pai’ maintained that the video does not in anyway correspond with the media interview except there were two different assaults on that same day and in the same spot.
According to him: “At first we were sympathetic to the security guard after viewing the video and we joined other Nigerians to demand for the resignation of the chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar, for putting up such abominable and shameful act.
“However, few days later, we read the media interview the victim granted to Premium Times on the same issue. As a matter of fact, the interview does not correspond with the video. Honestly, he is a genius in dishing out tissues of lies.
“At that point, we came to the conclusion that being loud doesn’t increase the value or validity of opinion. In fact, often by the very nature of being the loudest, those opinions are typically the furthest from reality.
“And we challenge any Nigeria or professional group to juxtapose the interview with the video clip before jumping into hasty judgement.
“In the said interview, he claimed that he was slapped six times by Justice Umar and security personnel attached to him, and that was not reflected in the video,” the statement reads in part.
The group also called on the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) not to be carried away by public sentiments in its investigation, given that the victim who was purportedly hospitalized has been granting media interviews to various media organisations.
“This is the person who is claiming to have been hospitalised for injuries and yet has been granting interviews to media, where is the truth here? Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathon”, he stressed.