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The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has set up a committee to investigate the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar over an alleged assault on a security guard at the Banex Plaza, Abuja.
The NBA which totally condemned what it described as a ‘display of naked power’ by a public official stated that the investigation would unravel the circumstances of the action to ensure that appropriate action is taken to address the situation to serve as a deterrent to other public office holders
This is contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the NBA Publicity Secretary, Dr. Rapulu Nduka.
It reads: ‘the attention of the 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 Limited, 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 Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has condemned 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 raises 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’. it concluded.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK