The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has denied reports that its chairman, Umar Danladi, physically assaulted a security guard at Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Head, Press, and Public Relations of the CCT, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, denied that Danladi assaulted the guard.
Narrating how the incident happened, Al-Hassan said the plaza had been Danladi’s “usual place of visits for the past 18 years for shopping and repairs of his phones” and he had never had any dispute with anyone during any of his visits to the place.
“Unfortunately, yesterday’s altercations started over a parking lot, which the chairman met vacant and it was directly opposite a shop where he wanted to make a purchase and to fix his phone when the young security guard sighted him and ordered that the chairman should not park his car in that particular empty space,” he said.
Al-Hassan accused the guard of being rude and issuing a threat against Danladi following an altercation between them over a parking space on the plaza’s premises on Monday.
The CCT spokesman said that Danladi was assaulted by “some miscreants” whom he said ordered the closure of the gate “before the arrival of police team from Maitama Police Station”.
He added that the CCT chairman had not visited the plaza “to cause trouble”, adding that the policemen seen in the video clip were not his security details.
He said: “Though the chairman didn’t identify himself, because, to him, it was needless, and it was a place he visited often, the boy was rude in his approach and threatened to deal with the chairman if he refused to leave the scene.
“Again, if the chairman had gone there to cause trouble or intimidate someone, as suggested in the report, he would have gone there in his full official paraphernalia, but he went there alone with his younger brother.“
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