Reps c’ttee submits report on CCT chair’s corruption allegation Jan 12

The embattled chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar, will know his fate on January 12, 2016, as the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petitions investigating allegations of corruption against him is expected to submit its findings.
Umar had appeared personally before the investigating committee three times to clear himself of the allegations levelled against him.
A member of the committee said the committee would lay its report on the floor when the House reconvenes from the Christmas and New Year break.

He said: “We have actually done more than 70 per cent of the job and, I am very sure, we should be able to put the report together. And as soon as we resume, the House will have the report.”
The lawmaker said the committee was conscious of the fact that the matter was sensitive and so was taking its time to do a thorough job.
The embattled chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar, will know his fate on January 12, 2016, as the House of Representatives’ Committee on Public Petitions investigating allegations of corruption against him is expected to submit its findings.
Umar had appeared personally before the investigating committee three times to clear himself of the allegations levelled against him.
A member of the committee said the committee would lay its report on the floor when the House reconvenes from the Christmas and New Year break.
He said: “We have actually done more than 70 per cent of the job and, I am very sure, we should be able to put the report together. And as soon as we resume, the House will have the report.”
The lawmaker said the committee was conscious of the fact that the matter was sensitive and so was taking its time to do a thorough job.
The House mandated its Committee on Public Petitions, led by Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP, Abia), to investigate the allegations and submit its findings. The committee began its sitting on December 3 and has, so far, sat for three times.
It sat on December 9 and December 15. On December 3, when the investigation opened, the Anti-Corruption Network was absent, but the chairman of the panel gave the anti-corruption group opportunity to appear on December 9.
On December 9, the petitioner appeared, but without any evidence and instead asked for one week to furnish the committee with evidence. On December 15, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) appeared before the panel and submitted that his office could not find substantial evidence to prosecute Justice Umar over allegations of bribery and corruption levelled against him by the group.

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