ASSAULT: Petition Needed to Kick-Start Action against CCT Chairman
A petition should be forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) and the office of the attorney-general of the federation for appropriate action to be taken against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Dandadi Umar, for alleged assault on a security guard at a mall in Abuja.
Lawyers and civil rights activists said public office holders like Umar should learn to be modest in their conducts, calling for a sanction over what they termed unbecoming behavior of a law officer.
A professor of law and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Awa Kalu, said the action of the CCT chairman was unbecoming of a judge.
According to him, anybody assaulted by people in position of authority can make a report to the police, who are expected to take it up.
He said “It unbecoming of a judge to be assaulting members of the public. The option left to the security guard is to write a petition to the National Judicial Council, NJC about his conduct. No one should be above the law.”
Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, also said the assaulted security guard should write a petition to the NJC and the office of the AGF and that if they fail to act on the petition, an action should be filed by his employer.
According to Ahamba, “He should write a petition to the NJC and the attorney-general of the federation (AGF) about the conduct of the CCT chairman and if they fail to listen to him, he should file an action against him in court.”
Professor Ernest Ojukwu (SAN) described the action of CCT chairman as despicable, calling for the investigation and prosecution of the judicial officer and others involved in the incident if they are indicted.
He said, “So far my comment relates only to the video and response of the chairman of CCT that has been circulating on social media. If what we have seen is true, then it is despicable. Apart from his position in society, there is this tendency of some well placed Nigerians to publicly humiliate citizens under the protection of police bodyguards.”
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