Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Falana urges the senate to withdraw 'Illegal summon'

Human rights activist, lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana, has said the Senate lacks the authority to summon the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Danladi Umar, to testify in respect of a criminal investigation, Premium Times reports.

Falana in a statement Tuesday, April 19, advised the Senate to withdraw the “illegal summon” which had been issued and served on Umar.

In his statement, Falana noted that the allegation involving Umar was already a pending criminal case before the court. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in July 2015, arraigned Umar’s personal assistant, Ali Gambo, before an FCT High Court on charges of conspiracy, bribery, and abuse of office. 

Gambo’s arrest and subsequent arraignment followed a petition that he received N1.8 million bribe on behalf of Umar, ostensibly to quash a case before the CCT. 

The human rights activist added that the Senate lacked the power to investigate allegations of corrupt practices and other criminal offences.

The Senate committee on ethics, privileges, and public petitions had earlier summoned the CCT chairman to appear before it looses on Thursday to answer questions on allegations of bribery against him. 

The summons came hours after the judge had ruled that Saraki’s trial would sit daily between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., with a one hour break in between, till the end of the trial.

Source- Premium Times

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