After his two weeks grace period expired, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar failed to appear before the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, probing his alleged assault on a security guard in Abuja last month.
Vantage News earlier reported that the senate committee had earlier granted the CCT chairman a two-week grace period to respond to a petition accusing him of assault on one Clement Sagwak, when he appeared before the panel penultimate week.
During their last meeting, Umar had sought the benevolence of the panel to return at a later date to respond to the specific allegations contained in the petition because the notice given to him was short.
The committee obliged the CCT chairman’s request and asked him to report on May 18.
Rather than Umar appearing before the panel on today (Tuesday, May18), he sent a message to the Committee that he could not attend the session purely on health grounds and that he had travelled out of the country.
He then sought the permission of the lawmakers for him to be represented by his counsel but the panel objected to his request.
The committee Chairman, Ayo Akinyelure said, “We are denying the request of Mr. Umar due to the sensitivity of the matter but we will allow him to appear in person at a later date when he is physically fit to come.”
The committee however extended the public hearing on the matter by another three weeks, demanding Umar appear before it on the 7th of June 2021.