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Alleged Assault: Court Fixes April 26 For Judgement Of CCT Boss

The Fderal High Court, Abuja, has fixed April 26 for judgment in a suit instituted against the Senate by the Chairman, Code of Conduct Tribunal CCT, Danladi Umar, seeking to stop the Senate from probing him on an alleged public misconduct.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed the judgment date after Danladi and the four defendants in the matter adopted their final processes.

The CCT Chairman in the suit, is challenging the powers of the Senate to investigate him in an alleged assault perpetrated against a security guard at Banex plaza in Abuja.

In the suit filed by his lawyer, Mr Sunday Edward, the plaintiff is asking the court  for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the Senate from conducting investigations into the allegations of assault leveled against him via a petition  submitted to the Senate.

Specifically, the plaintiff wants the court to determine whether the alleged case of assault which took place at Banex plaza in Abuja on March 29, 2021 formed part of the matters the Senate is constitutionally empowered to investigate.

However,  counsel to the Senate,  Kafayat Suleyman urged the court to dismiss the suit insisting that the Senate has the power under section 88 of the Constitution to investigate alleged misconduct by any public officer.

The four defendants in the matter are the Senate, Senate President, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions and the Attorney General of the Federation AGF.

By Victoria Abah

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