A Civil Society Organisation, the New Nigeria Group, has called on the federal government to sack the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar over allegations of corruption levelled against him.
The group in a press briefing by Dr Kachi Ononuju, while maintaining that a ”wounded personality cannot be fair in rulings.,” alleged that the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, and former minister of Justice, Mohammed Bello Adoke had also demanded the removal of the chairman.
Ononuju said Umar’s senior colleagues had cited several allegations against him, adding that he caused a huge embarrassment to the profession which had made the tribunal unable to sit.
According to the group, for corruption to be fought to a standstill in the era of change, a restructuring of the judiciary is required as the present chairman is challenged and the tribunal used as a window to defraud the country.
The statement read, “After making a statement to the EFCC during the investigation of this bribery scam, chairman of the CCT applied for and was granted bail. Is this the kind of person to head the CCT which is established to ensure the highest ethical standards of propriety and public morality in the public service of the federation and states?
“It is our considered view that the chairman of the CCT has a strong prima facie case of misconduct and breach of the Code of Conduct hanging over his neck and cannot continue to pretend that all is well when in essence, he is desecrating the system.
“The National Assembly is called upon to initiate the process of his removal whilst the president should suspend him from office pending when the legislative process is concluded.
“The CCT judge should be removed as he lacks the will to fight corruption. CCT should be an autonomous body and not under the control of politicians. It should not be an appendage of political office holders.”