The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, on Tuesday, gave the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Mr Danladi Umar, two weeks to defend a petition against him. The petition from a security guard alleged that Umar slapped him several times and made him to kneel down after he was told his car was not properly parked.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Ayo Akinyelure, issued the directive when Umar appeared before the committee on Tuesday in Abuja to answer allegations of assault by a security guard, Mr Clement Sagwak.
Sagwak, a security guard had through his Counsel, Timzing Ramnap, petitioned the Senate, accusing Umar of the CCT of alleged assault.
NAN reports that Sagwak, 22, and an employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, told the Senate in his petition that he was assaulted by Umar and a policeman attached to him after he informed him (Umar) that his car was not properly parked.
He said the CCT boss, Umar slapped him several times and forced him to kneel down in the presence of people while performing his lawful duties.
Senator representing Plateau North, Sen. Istifanus Gyang, laid the petition before the Senate on April 29.
The CCT chairman, Umar, who appeared before the committee asked the panel to give him one week to study the detailed petition which was served on him at the session to enable him respond appropriately.
Chairman of the Committee, Akinyelure said even though the Senate would proceed on a two-week break on Thursday, the Committee was prepared to reconvene during the break to hear the respondent, Umar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a viral five-minute video had captured Umar and the guard having an altercation at the Banex Plaza, in Abuja.
The CCT had following the incident in a statement denied the allegation against Umar and claimed that contrary to the content of a circulated video, he was a victim of an assault by people who chanted “secessionist and sectional slogans.”