The Senate has agreed to probe the office of Attorney General of the Federation, for its refusal to prosecute the embattled Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Danladi Umar.
Senate to probe Attorney General of the Federation
The Code of Conduct Tribunal chairman was accused of soliciting for, and receiving bribe from a retired Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo.
A petition which was written by a group, Anti-Corruption Network, against the office of Attorney General of the Federation, was sent to the Senate, accusing the AGF’s office of ignoring its report.
An excerpt of the petition, obtained from Daily Post, reads “We have become aware that the office of the Attorney-General has failed in this sacrosanct duty to Nigeria in one particular case and would like the office to explain why on June 24, 2014, the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission wrote an “investigation Report” to the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation (Ref No: EFCC/EC/JUS?07?117). The report was about evidence of criminal allegations against two suspects from Code of Conduct Tribunal, namely – (1) Hon. Justice Danladi Umar and Ali Gambo Abdulahi.
“The Attorney-General then instructed the chairman of EFCC by minuting on the same letter to proceed to prosecute the suspect. This was communicated in writing to the chairman EFCC with reference No. HAGF/EFCC/2014/Vol./19 dated 26 June 2014.
“However, only the second suspect, Ali Gambo was prosecuted. The very first suspect who is the main suspect, Mr. Danladi has been left un-prosecuted. This is breach of the order of the AGF. Since then, the office of the Attorney General has been silent on this failure to prosecute as directed.”
The CCT chairman was accused of soliciting for, and receiving bribe from a retired Comptroller of Customs, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo.
Reports say he collected the sum of N1.8m as bribe, through his personal assistant, Abdullahi Gambo.
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