By Musa Baba Adamu
The Senate, on Tuesday, waded into assault allegations leveled against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar in a petition received to that effect.
The Petition was brought to the floor by Senator Istifanus Gyang (PDP, Plateau North).
Accordingly, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, referred the petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions for immediate investigation.
Gyang, while giving a summary of the petition said, “that Justice Umar Danladi assaulted him (petitioner), brutalized him and slapped him on the face, and asked him to kneel down and, thereby, used his leg to hit him on the chest and inflicted bodily harm on him.
According to the lawmaker, the petitioner “is asking this Senate to investigate this matter to ascertain the role of the Honourable Justice Danladi in this allegedly unwholesome happening to ensure justice to Mr. Clement Kargwak.”
The security guard, Mr. Clement Kargwak, in the petition to the Senate signed by his lawyer, Timzing Venyir Ramnap, urged the upper chamber to investigate the matter in keeping with its duty of oversight on the Executive and Judicial arms of Government.
He also requested the upper chamber to prevail on President Muhammadu Buhari to take disciplinary action against the CCT Chairman or call on the Inspector General of Police, Alkali Usman, and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami to investigate, arrest and prosecute Umar for his actions.
Narrating his experience, Kargwak in his petition to the Senate said: “This whole thing started on the 29th day of March, 2021 at Banex Plaza when Justice Danladi Umar drove into the plaza to do some business transactions. Mr. Clement Kargwak informed us that on that faithful date he was at his duty post at the Banex plaza when a Toyota SUV Jeep with plate number ABC-989-LZ drove into the plaza, when he was busy in the business of directing every vehicle that drove into the plaza to so properly park as directed by the management of the plaza.
“That on sighting Justice Umar Danladi’s car trying to park wrongly, he instructed him to properly park in a space provided by the management of Banex plaza, only for Justice Umar Danladi to come down from the SUV keep with his security men and started assaulting and brutalizing him by slapping him on his face, asking him to kneel down and thereby used his leg to hit him on his chest, and thereby inflicting bodily harm on him.
“That the management of the plaza rushed him to the hospital for medical attention where he has been receiving medication.
“That Justice Umar Danladi personally did 99 percent of the assault and brutality on him as can be seen in a viral video which circulated on social media and is hereby enclosed for your consideration.