Registered trustees of the Mission for Peace and Development Initiative has written to the EFCC, under the Freedom of Information Act, FOI, to furnish it with the details of the alleged N10 million bribery allegation against the embattled Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, Justice Danladi Umar.
The letter dated November 9, 2015 was signed by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN on behalf of the group, demanding for a Certified True Copy, CTC of the documents from the commission to prosecute Justice Umar under the FOI Act.
According to Chief Ozekhome, the documents will enable the trustees have access to the entire subject matter, records, correspondences, investigations, recommendations and conclusions to initiate prosecution against the CCT boss.
The group had approached a Federal High Court in Abuja, with a suit seeking an order for the removal of Justice Umar as the Chairman of CCT.
The non-governmental organisation, in an originating summons, filed on its behalf by Chief Ozekhome SAN, wants the court to order Justice Umar to hands off the trial of any Nigerian having confessed to corruption and admitted meeting with an accused person standing trial before him in absence of the prosecution and court officials.
Joined as defendants along with Justice Umar, in the suit are the CCT, the EFCC and the Attorney –General of the Federation.
The plaintiff wants the court to order the tribunal to halt further sitting or proceedings against accused persons brought before it, or currently standing trial before it, until it is reconstituted to exclude its present Chairman, Justice Danladi Umar.
The NGO is also praying the court for an order directing the EFCC to start prosecuting the embattled judge having investigated him and found him culpable of the offences of conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and money laundry which the commission had actually prepared a charge but failed to file same till date for reasons known to them.
The plaintiff also wants an order that the AGF should cease from further regarding or according recognition to Justice Umar as the rightful Chairman of CCT.
In a nine paragraph affidavit in the originating summons deposed to by one Ogah Columba, a human rights activist and anti-corruption campaigner, he averred that in spite of the corruption cases hanging on the neck of Justice Umar, he still sits, morally and legally to try other Nigerians for corruption charges. A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the matter.

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