Friday, 16 June 2017

EFCC sets to probe CCT Chairman again




The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission might begin a roomy psychotherapy into allegations of ruination adjoining the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Usman, according to reports.

Sources at the touching-graft agency in Abuja said the commission had started screening all outstanding petitions adjoining the CCT Chairman.

A top manager of the EFCC, who confided inThe PUNCH,said after scrutinising every one the petitions neighboring to the CCT chairman, the adjacent to-graft commission would invite him for interrogation.

I can insist to you that the EFCC is set to reopen the question of the CCT chairman. We are studying the petitions and he will be invited anytime from now, the source declared.

It was learnt that the critical of-ruination agency had anew a year ago begun a question of the CCT chairman and submitted a preliminary report to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

It was learnt that copies of the petitions that were submitted to the National Assembly in 2015 by all along-ruination groups, were moreover sent to the EFCC for investigations.

The Senate had in November 2015 directed its Committee not in the disaffect-off off from Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to conduct a collective investigations into the allegations of corruption levelled adjoining the Chairman of the CCT.

The directive followed a petition submitted by a Peoples Democratic Party senator, Obinna Obah, from Ebonyi State.

The petition, which was signed by one Ajaso I. Ajaso behind quotation to speaking behalf of a society, Anti- Corruption Network, was submitted six weeks after the House of Representatives began a remove laboratory analysis into the same petition.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, referred the petition to the committee upon Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and asked the Chairman, Samuel Anyanwu, to carry out a thorough scrutiny and credit pro in two weeks.

The CCT chairman, however, did not appear in the upfront the committee. The chairman, even if presenting the gloss, said the psychotherapy had been suspended because the House of Representatives was execution a associated exercise.

In the House, findings indicated that hearing upon the petition was eventually stalled after the petitioners, the Anti-Corruption Network, could not prove the allegations versus Danladi Umar.

The declare had made several appearances at the forefront the panel, which was chaired by Mr. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, but stress set in after the petitioners kept delaying war.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, had appeared in the back the committee to understand that his office investigated the allegations.

However, Malami told the panel that the bank account of the investigations showed that the allegations were based upon mere suspicions.

The move was far and wide along stalled at the committee.

Also in November 2015, choice organization, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria petitioned the two chambers of the National Assembly, demanding an rapid consider of an alleged N10,618,837,435 bribery revulsion against the CCT boss.

The organizations petition, which was signed by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, was addressed to Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu Dogara.

The charity noted that the EFCC had started investigation into the alleged bribery allegations levelled against Umar.

It had alleged that there was a conspiracy involving the EFCC, Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the CCT.

When contacted upon the telephone, the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he had not been briefed upon such investigations.

I am not occurring to date. I have not been briefed upon the shape, he said.

Source: Punch Newspaper





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