Cct Chairman Is Innocent Of N10m Bribery Allegation – Efcc
BEVERLY HILLS, April 20, (THEWILL) – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has exonerated the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Hon Danladi Yakubu Umar, on the alleged N10 million bribed allegation by one AbdulRashid Owolabi.
Information on the letter is contained in a statement issued to newsmen by the Head, Press and Public Relations of the Tribunal, Ibraheem Al-hassan, on Wednesday in Abuja.
The letter, addressed to the Secretary to Government of the Federation, stated that the allegations levelled against Justice Umar were mere suspicions and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence.
The letter captioned “RE: Investigation Report RE: N10 million Bribery Allegation Against the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja” was signed by Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo, Secretary to the Commission.
“Kindly recall our correspondence of 5th March, 2015, (reference EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56) with the above subject, please,” it read.
“We would like to reiterate the Commission's position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations levelled against Justice Umar were mere suspicions and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence.
“Today's clearance letter is second to the previous one sent on March 5, 2015 during the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan through the office of the then Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Anyim Pius Anyim.”
Justice Umar is currently hearing the corruption and false asset declaration case against the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
He had been summoned by the Senate over the bribery allegation for interrogation which many believed was aimed as clipping Umar for the benefit of Saraki with calls for Umar to stand down from Saraki's trial, himself being a subject of investigation bothering on corruption.