By Ikechukwu Nnochiri, ABUJA
The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, on Thursday, said it would through its relevant Committee, investigate the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Mr Danladi Umar, over an allegation that he engaged in a conduct that is unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
The legal body, via a statement that was signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, said its attention was drawn to a video making the rounds, where the CCT Chairman was seen, together with his security detail, assaulting a citizen at Banex Plaza, in Wuse Abuja.
It said: “We understand that this citizen turned out to be a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Limited, posted as a security guard to the Plaza and who is now reportedly hospitalised.
“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.
“The situation is 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.
“Further, as a member of the legal profession, Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq. is expected, by the extant rules that regulate the conduct of legal practitioners in Nigeria, to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and not to engage in any conduct which is unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
“Prima facie evidence available at the moment raise questions regarding whether such standards have been met.
“In view of the foregoing, the NBA shall through its relevant Committee, investigate the circumstances leading to the altercation, and depending on its findings, will ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence”, the statement added.
It will be recalled that the CCT boss was recently caught on camera beating a security man at a popular plaza in Abuja.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to exculpate himself from blame, Umar, in an error-ridden statement that was signed by a spokesman of the tribunal, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, claimed that he was attacked at the plaza by persons he described as “Biafran boys”.