CCT Chairman speaks over alleged assault on security guard

(R-L) Danladi Umar and scene of the alleged assault on security guard.

The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar has finally spoken over his altercation with security guards at Banex Plaza, Abuja.

The CCT spokesperson, Ibraheem Al-Hassan has also tendered a public apology over his poorly written press release which he said was an unedited draft he shared with few friends for corrections.

Solacebase reports that a viral video on social media had alleged that Umar ordered his security details to attack a security guard after a brawl over a breach of parking space.

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.

The security guard, Clement Sargwak had told PREMIUM TIMES that Mr Umar assaulted him because he told the public official that he parked wrongly and would need to remove his vehicle from where he parked.

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. A statement issued by Command Spokesperson, ASP Yusuf Mariam, said the command would be fair and professional in the conduct of its ongoing investigation and urged residents to remain calm and allow the law to take its cause.

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