EFCC To Reopen CCT Chair Probe Over Allege Graft

Justice Danladi Usman

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to  reopen investigation into   allegations of corruption against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Usman.

According to reports, the anti-graft agency had started screening all outstanding petitions against the CCT Chairman.

“I can confirm to you that the EFCC is set to reopen the probe of the CCT chairman. We are studying the petitions and he will be invited anytime from now,” the source was quoted by Punch.

But the spokesman for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said he had not been briefed on such investigations.

“I am not aware. I have not been briefed on the matter,” he said.

EFCC had more than a year ago begun a probe 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 anti-corruption groups, were also sent to the EFCC for investigations.

The Senate had in November 2015 directed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to conduct a comprehensive investigations into the allegations of corruption levelled against the Chairman of the CCT.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki,  referred the petition to the committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and asked the Chairman, Samuel Anyanwu, to carry out a thorough investigation and report back in two weeks.

The CCT chairman, however, did not appear before the committee. The chairman, while presenting the report, said the investigation had been suspended because the House of Representatives was carrying out a similar exercise.

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

The judge had made several appearances before the panel, which was chaired by Mr. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, but frustration set in after the petitioners kept delaying proceedings.

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