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Sunday 8 November 2015

CCT Chairman Accused Of Corruption

CCT Chairman Accused Of Corruption

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tibunal (CCT), Danladi Umar has been accused of corruption charges against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

This was disclosed on Saturday in a letter obtained by Post Nigeria addressed to former President Goodluck Jonathan through the Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The letter which was dated September 1, 2014 is titled “10 million bribery allegation against the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal’’ Danladi’s heavy crimes were listed.

He is said to be facing several charges of corrupt practices, official impropriety, bribery and gross abuse of office,

According to Post-Nigeria, he had been arraigned severally to question him on this charges but managed to come up with reasons for the case to be dismissed.

The letter read in part: “The allegation (10 million) has been widely reported in the media, besides the embarrassing comments from legal practitioners who have been calling to express their disappointment over the shocking development , although investigation are yet to be concluded,’’ the letter reads in part.

“Members (the other two judges) and the entire staff of the Tribunal are embarrassed and saddened by the allegation because a Tribunal set up to check corruption should not be accused of being corrupt.”

This led to the suspension of the CCT Chairman by the SGF until the investigation was concluded.

The letter read: “I refer to your letter reference no. EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56 on the investigation report of the N10 million bribery allegation against the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal Abuja.

“I wish to inform you that the Tribunal can no longer sit as the members have refused to sit with the Chairman. Following your letter under reference and the advice of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, I wish to request for an update in the matter.”

The CCT Chairman was allegedly accused of illegally demanding 10 million naira from Taiwo Rasheed, a retired Comptroller of Customs who reported that Danladi urged to pay part of the bribe money.

Taiwo Rasheed who was facing trial at the CCT for failing to declare his asset while in office subsequently paid 1.8 million naira into the Ali Gambo’s aoocount, the personal assistant of the CCT Chairman.

Despite the allegations, he was called back to office a week before the case of Bukola Saraki, the senate president.

On September 22, 2015, Saraki who made it very clear that his position was the trigger for his persecution pleaded not guilty to the 13-count charge leveled against him by the CCT.

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