The CCT Chairman and his Spokesman under verbal hammer in Abuja as citizens demand removal from office over unethical conduct.
Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, who was caught on video physically assaulting a security man, said the mobs who attacked him were “Biafran Boys”.
In the viral video, Umar who was visibly angry was seen attacking a security man at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja.
The CCT chairman violently kicked the guard, before police restrained him and led him into his car.
However, in an official statement released by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday, CCT chairman labelled those who attacked him in the plaza as “Biafran Boys”.
According to the statement which had a lot of grammatical errors and was signed by Ibraheem Al-Hassan, CCT spokesperson, the security man was rude and had threatened Umar.
Al-Hassan said the “altercations started over a parking lot which chairman met vacant, and it was directly opposite a shop where he wanted to make a purchase and to fix his phone”.
“When the young security guard sighted him, he ordered that the chairman should not park his car in that particular space.”
Al-Hassan said the security personnel could not provide a reasonable explanation why Umar could not park in the empty space.
Read the full statement:
“Our attention was drawn on a report from some online publication with a video cliff suggesting Hon chairman, Justice Danladi Y. Umar assaulted a security guard at Banex Plaza.”
“To start with, the said plaza has been his usual place of visits for the past 18 years for shopping and repairs of his phones, and in all these periods there have never been any time he had any turmoil with anybody,” Al-Hassan said.
“Unfortunately, yesterday’s altercations started over a packing lot, which chairman met vacant and it was directly opposite a shop he want to make a purchase and to fixe his phone, when the young security guard sighted him, he ordered that chairman should not pack his car in that particular empty space, but chairman asked why, the security guard couldn’t convinced chairman, though chairman didn’t identify himself, because to him is needless and is a place he visited often, but the boy was rode in his approached and threaten to deal with chairman if he refuse to leave the scene.
“Again, if chairman had went there to cause trouble or intimidate some one, as suggested in the report, he would have gone there in his full official paraphernalia, but he went there alone with his younger brother.
“The police men seen in the video cliff were not the chairman’s police team, they were policemen operating around the plaza whom at first instance intervened before the arrival of police team from Maitama police station.
“As the few policemen in the complex were apparently overwhelmed by the mobs, consisting of BIAFRAN boys throwing matches and shape object to his car, which led to deep cut and dislocation in one of his finger, causing damage to his car, smashing his windscreen.
“At a point he attempted to leave the scene, these same miscreants, BIAFRAN boy ordered for the closure of the gate thereby assaulting him before the arrival of police team from Maitama police station.
“An incident like this when it happened, sympathy usually goes to the low personalities. Though is unfortunate as I said, it ought not to have happened.”
Former media Aide at the Presidency and a senior Mass Communicator who teaches Journalism and Public Relations, Dr. Reuben Abati while on Arise TV programme as Co-Anchor described the statement as disgusting, unexpected from the said office Caliber of the writer and more nauseating than the arrogance and terrible display of his principal.
Dr. Abati urged the CCT organization to send their spokesman back to a proper school to avoid greater professional embarrassment.
Participants said if the political leaders of the nation are at this sober time calling for unity of her citizens and a mirror of its ethical presentation in the manner of the CCT Chairman who should be Mr. Ethics could display this attitude, then something fundamental is wrong with the government that tolerates this public indecency.
Calling a security man of Igbo extraction who in his legitimate duty had the grit to ask somebody of that status to park well his car and he is being labeled as “Biafran boy” shows the discontent of a tribe for the others in a plural society.