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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday charged the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar, with demanding and receiving favour from a defendant standing trial before the tribunal in 2012.


This came as the CCT last week fixed Tuesday for the continuation of the trial of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki.

Our correspondent learnt that the CCT, headed by Umar, had last week issued notices served on parties for the continuation of Saraki’s trial following the December 12, 2017 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Abuja on three counts false assets declaration.

The EFCC, through a private lawyer, Mr. Festus Keyamo, filed the charges against Umar before the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, on Friday.

The prosecution, in the case, marked CR/109/18, accused Umar of demanding N10m as a favour from a defendant, Rasheed Taiwo, standing trial before the CCT in 2012.

The anti-corruption agency also accused Umar of receiving, through his personal assistant, Alhaji Gambo Abdullahi, the sum of N1.8m from Taiwo in the same year.

The offences were said to be contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.

The charges read, “That you, Danladi Yakubu Umar, being the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and presiding over a case with charge no. CCT/ABJ/03/12, involving one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, sometime in 2012, at Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did ask for the sum of N10m from the said Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo, for a favour to be afterwards shown to him in relation to the pending charge (no. CCT/ABJ/03/12) in discharge of your official duties and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 12(1)(a) & (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2003.”

Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for Umar’s arraignment.




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