Sunday, April 4, 2021 2:57 pm
Mr Danladi Umar, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), has broken his silence on the controversies over alleged attack of a security guards at Banex Plaza, Abuja as depicted in a video that has been making the rounds on the social media.
The viral video had shown the Mr Umar assaulting a security who had advised him to park his vehicle properly at the Plaza.
However, his action boomeranged as other persons in the Plaza rose to the defence of the security guard and attacked him in return.
Police had to be called in to rescue the CCT Chairman from the mob.
There have been calls for removal of the CCT chairman for disgracing his office by engaging in public brawl by a cross section of Nigerians.
Mr. Umar has also come under criticism for allegedly instructing the spokesperson of CCT to refer to those involved in mob action against him at the Plaza as ‘Biafran boys’ in a statement released on the incident.
Speaking to PRNigeria, Danladi Umar said that contrary to insinuations, he had no bodyguard or police escort when he visited the Plaza.
He said: “As part of my routine activities outside the office and official duties, like any regular Nigerian, I always drive myself and move around freely to places of worship, markets and gyms, among others, without any paraphernalia of office.
“I enjoy such freedom being a believer that one day one would leave whatever office one occupies and returning to living the normal life.
“Therefore, when I was accosted by the Plaza guard in a very rude manner on arriving there, I had maintained my accustomed decorum before I was drawn into an unnecessary altercation and subsequently assaulted, with this degenerating into an attack and injury by a mob that was chanting secessionist and sectional slogans.”
The Chairman said the video shared on social media captured only an aspect of what ensued and not the beginning where he was molested.
“Since the incident, which left me traumatised after being bruised and treated in the hospital, I have had cause to reflect on the sad course of the incident and I regret being drawn into responding to the situation. This makes me both upset at being cast in a distorted and unfortunate light, while I also have cause to feel deep pains for subsequent response and controversies.
“All said, with an apology tendered to me by one of the suspected aggressors, I believe that the entire incident was avoidable, just as I feel highly disappointed that my action in the public glare in a very brief moment has been misconstrued in the narrative floating across social media.
Meanwhile, the CCT Spokesperson, Mr. Ibraheem Alhassan has issued a public apology for his poorly written statement which he said was an unedited draft.
In his statement obtained by PRNigeria, Alhassan wrote thus: “The incident of March 29, 2021, which became public via a viral video clip caused very strong emotional sensations, pressure and worries that also got to us and impaired our response to it.
“The disturbance led to the release of the draft and unedited script to three professional colleagues of mine. But unfortunately, the statement found its way to the public space through one of them, in its raw form. The colleague in question has since apologised to me and I have accepted the apology in good fate.
“I feel embarrassed and disappointed with criticism trailing the leaked draft statement which has been described as riddled with grammatical blunders and ethnic slur due to the poor presentation. As a civil servant, I relate with Nigerians with respect and dignity, not minding their religious or ethnic backgrounds.
“I wish to therefore tender my unreserved apology to Nigerians and especially the Federal Ministry of Information & Culture, the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), the Nigerian Institution of Public Relations (NIPR), and the Nigerian Union of Journalist (NUJ) among others over the unsavoury development,” he concluded
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in FCT, CP Bala Ciroma had launched a discreet investigation into the case.