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The Senate has asked the CCT chief to defend himself against assault charges

On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges, and Public Petitions gave Danladi Umar, Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), two weeks to respond to a petition filed against him.

Senator Ayo Akinyelure, Chairman of the Committee, released the order when Mr Umar appeared before the committee on Tuesday in Abuja to address allegations of attack by a security guard, Clement Sagwak.

Mr Sagwak, a security guard, had petitioned the Senate through his Counsel, Timzing Ramnap, accusing Mr Umar of violence.

Mr Sagwak, a 22-year-old Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited employee, told the Senate in his petition that he was assaulted by Mr Umar and a police officer assigned to him after he notified him (Umar) that his car was not properly parked.

He said that the CCT manager slapped him several times and ordered him to kneel in public while fulfilling his lawful duties.

Senator Istifanus Gyang of Plateau North presented the petition to the Senate on April 29.

Mr. Umar, who appeared before the committee, requested that the panel send him one week to review the thorough petition that was served on him at the session so that he could answer accordingly.

Mr. Akinyelure, Chairman of the Committee

stated that, notwithstanding the Senate’s two-week recess beginning on Thursday, the Committee was prepared to reconvene during the recess to hear the respondent, Mr Umar.

Mr Umar was seen landing blows on the guard at Abuja’s Banex Plaza in a five-minute video that went viral.

Mr. Umar dismissed the accusation in a tweet, claiming that, contrary to the content of a widely distributed film, he was the target of an attack by people chanting “secessionist and sectional slogans.” Critics have since slammed him for making the assertion.

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