Senate Summons Cct Chairman To Appear Within 48 Hours
BEVERLY HILLS, April 19, (THEWILL) – It appears that the upper chamber of the National Assembly is fighting back over the trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
The Senate through its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions has summoned Danladi Umar, Chairman of the CCT, to appear before it within 48 hours.
In a letter to Umar signed by Freedom Odolo, Clerk of the Committee, the CCT Chairman was asked to appear before the Committee unfailingly by 2pm on Thursday with 12 copies of any written submission he may wish to present.
“Your letter with reference number CCT/HQ/ 126/S/ 111/ 515 dated 1st April, 2016 in which you requested for more time to enable you attend the hearing was received,” the letter read.
“After due consideration of your request, the Committee rescheduled the hearing to give you at least two weeks from the 4th of April when you should have appeared.
“Accordingly, you are now required to appear unfailingly as follows: Thursday, 21st April, 2016, Meeting Room 120 New Senate Building, National Assembly Complex. Time: 2pm
“Please, remember to come personally along with 12 copies of any written submission you may wish to present.”
Saraki is currently facing a 13-count charge of alleged false declaration of assets and corruption before Umar who ruled on Monday that the trial will now hold daily between 9 am and 6 pm, with an hour break in between.
Saraki had in November directed the Committee to investigate Umar based on a petition sent to the Senate by a group called the Anti-corruption Network which alleged that Umar received a bribe of N10 million from one Rasheed Taiwo, a retired Comptroller of Customs.
Story by David Oputah