The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has launched an investigation of Monday’s alleged assault of a security guard at Banex Plaza, in Wuse, Abuja by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Danladi Yakubu Umar and his security details.
The NBA said its relevant committee would probe the circumstances leading to the altercation, and, depending on its findings, “ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence.”
Its Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, said in a statement that the association was taking the action, to determine whether Umar’s conduct was unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to the video making the rounds where the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) – Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq., was seen, together with his security detail, allegedly assaulting a citizen at Banex Plaza, in Wuse Abuja.
“We understand that this citizen turned out to be a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Ltd, posted as a security guard to the Plaza and who is now reportedly hospitalized.
“The NBA has also read the statement credited to the Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT in response to the actions of Mr. Umar.
“The NBA frowns at any display of naked power by a public officer especially one who, by virtue of his high office, is expected to exhibit a high standard of conduct.”
It said the situation was all the more critical “when it involves the head of an agency of government set up to ensure compliance, by public officers, with the code of conduct.