A coalition of civil society organisations led by the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), on Monday called on the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr. Danladi Umar, to resign his position as the chairman of the tribunal over corruption allegation.
The groups made up of SNG, Northern Youth Democratic Movement and Arewa Voters Assembly, also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend Umar from office as chairman if he fails to resign.
National Co-ordinator of SNG, Barrister Benedict Ezeagu, while addresing journalists said, considering the weight of allegation and the monumental evidence against Mr. Umar, it is clear that he can no longer sit in judgement against accused persons brought or expected to appear before the CCT.
“In view of this, therefore, we hereby call on Mr. Danladi Umar to immediately resign his position as the Chairman and a member of the CCT to go and answer the charge of corruption leveled against him.
“We also call on President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend the CCT chairman without further delay and liaise with the leadership of the National Assembly to effect his formal removal as the chairman and member of CCT in accordance with the constitutional provision.”
“Besides, we hereby demand that the current chairman of EFCC and the New AGF should commence the prosecution of the heavily indicted Umar Danladi as previously recommended by their predecessors within the next 72 hours, otherwise we will have no other alternative than to mobilize the Nigerian masses for a torrential protest match that will compel Danladi Umar, EFCC, AGF and the Buhari-led government to do the needful since the integrity of our judicial process and criminal justice system cannot be mortgage on the whim and caprices of a few mischievous political interest,” Ezeagu said.