There is no evidence to try Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman Justice Danladi Umar for alleged corruption, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said yesterday.
The commission said there were no facts yet to prosecute Justice Umar, who was accused by a former Customs officer, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo , a retired Deputy Comptroller General, that he collected a N10 million bribe.
The EFCC said it stood by a letter, EFCC/EC/ SGF /03/56 of March 5, 2015 which its former chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, wrote to ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim that there were no sufficient facts to prosecute the CCT chairman.
The letter said: “However, the facts as they are now against Justice Umar raised a mere suspicion and will therefore not be sufficient to successfully prosecute him for the offence.
“Above is submitted for the information of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, please.”
A top official of the EFCC, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “We stand by our letter that we cannot prosecute the CCT chairman because there are no evidence to do so.
“We have reviewed the allegations against Umar and we have amplified the clearance given to Justice Umar.
“This position will not change until there is a contrary proof against the judge.”
The EFCC letter to Anyim by its ex-chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, said: “We refer to your letter ref. No. SGF.19./S.24/11/451 dated 23rd February 2015 on the above mentioned case reported by one Mr. Rasheed Taiwo (DCG rtd) of 6AB Milverton Road, Lagos against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar and his Personal Assistant, one Gambo Abdullahi.
“The complainant, who is facing charges at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, alleged that Justice Umar made direct demand for the sum of N10 million to quash the charges sometime in 2012. “He disclosed that he was compelled to pay the sum of N1.8 million after persistent inundation with phone calls from Justice Umar, who received the bribe through the Zenith Bank account of one Ali Gambo Abdullahi, his personal Assistant, in December, 2012.