The embattled chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Mr. Danladi Umar, came under more pressure, yesterday, when the House of Representatives received two different petitions, alleging corruption and abuse of office.
The CCT Chairman is alleged to have been involved in the stealing of funds amounting to millions of Naira, including a fake contract for the supply of office furniture and fittings in the sum of 11.4 million Naira.
He was also accused of misusing public funds by allowing the sum of N1 million to be paid to him on July 14, 2011 to organize his own wedding.
He is alleged to have approved the payment of N4.2 million to Chinox Global Investment Limited for the “replacement of external security light bulbs.”
The group said “Not only is this monstrous amount a gross inflation of what may have been needed to replace light bulbs in the premises, it is an entirely fictitious contract. No replacement of external security lights were carried out,”
Another petition is requesting the House to investigate the office of the Attorney General of the Federation for its failure to act on investigations allegedly conducted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC which supposedly indicted Umar of corruption.
The group alleged that the former EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, on June 24, 2014, submitted the report of an investigation to the office of the AG
While Presenting the petition on behalf of a civil society organisation, Anti-corruption Network, the Chairman, House Committee on Army, Representative Shawulu Kwewum, claimed that Mr Umar was to be arrested based on the recommendation of the former Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke.
According to him, Mr Adoke had recommended that two persons be arrested and investigated for alleged corruption
The petitioners accused the Office of the Attorney General of bias in passing over Umar and prosecuting only his personal assistant. They said: “This is in clear breach of the order of the AG. Since then, the office of the Attorney General has been silent on this failure to prosecute as directed.
“We believe this neglect is deliberate. This has led us to believe there is a cover-up in this matter. When the Nigerian public becomes aware of this fact, they would be very much interested to know the reason for this cover up,” the group said.
Mr Kwelum insisted that the CCT Chairman be made to face the law in compliance with the recommendations of the former Attorney-General of the Federation.
The Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, later directed that the petition be laid before the House, while the Committee on Public Petition should take charge of the matter.
The CCT headed by Mr Umar is trying the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, for alleged false declaration of assets during his tenure as Governor of Kwara State between 2003 and 2011 has been adjourned till the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of October, 2015.
On the 31st of March 3014, Premium Times had reported other cases of corruption allegedly committed by the CCT Chairman.
Those included alleged bribe demand and collection, maladministration and corruption at the CCT.
The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Danladi Umar, was reported to have refused to honour an invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over corruption allegations including allegedly receiving N10 million bribe from a suspect.
The EFCC had sent an invitation to Mr. Umar on March 18; requesting that the tribunal boss appears before the commission on March 27.
Mr. Umar had allegedly demanded a N10 million bribe from a retired Comptroller of Customs, Rasheed Taiwo, who is being prosecuted at the CCT for allegedly failing to declare his asset while in office.
Mr. Taiwo told the EFCC that he paid part of the bribe, N1.8 million, to the chairman of CCT through the latter’s personal assistant.
One refusal too many
A highly placed source at the EFCC had earlier told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Umar failed to honour an invitation sent to him to appear before the commission on December 30, 2013.
PREMIUM TIMES had also reported how three staff of the tribunal – its accountant, Shotunde Adeyinka, and two administrative officers, Lucky Eronlan and Johnson Owopetu – who were transferred out of Abuja to Ondo, Bauchi and Katsina states respectively, under controversial circumstances, had petitioned the EFCC on Mr. Umar corrupt practises and his highhandedness.
The trio copied in the Presidency, CCT, National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, the National Judicial Council, NJC, the Senate, Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, and the Attorney General of the Federation on their petition.
In their petition, the trio listed a barrage of corruption allegation, including awarding contracts without due process, making full contract payments to contractors instead of mobilization fees, and dysfunctional appointments and promotion without board approval or regards to federal character.