The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, has been in the news this week for the wrong reasons.
Naija News had repored how Umar was seen in a viral video physically assaulting a security man at a popular plaza in Abuja on Monday.
Defending his actions in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Ibrahim Al-Hassan, the CCT chairman said the security officer was rude in his approach and threatened to deal with him if he refused to leave the scene.
However, the security man in question has narrated his ordeal in the hands of the CCT chairman, what transpired on that day and how the CCT chaiman threatened to jail him.
In an interview with TheCable on Wednesday, the security man said he has been hospitalised over injuries sustained as a result of the incident.
He said that he sustained the injuries as a result of Umar’s actions, allegedly that the CCT chairman marched on his mouth, causing him severe pain.
The guard added that he had approached Umar after his car was wrongly within the plaza’s premises, denying claim that he was not rude to the CCT chairman.
He said: “When he parked, I went to meet him and said, ‘oga, you parked on the road, adjust your car (because) even a car cannot be able to pass there.’ The man just came down from the car and slapped me.
“His driver also came and joined hand to slap me. He pushed me to the ground and went to his vehicle to pick iron to come and hit me. That is when someone came and held his hand and told him, ‘upon all you are beating this guy, you want to use the iron to hit him’.
“From there, I called my supervisor to quickly come and see what is happening. When my supervisor came, he asked what was wrong and the man was saying he will not leave me. He sent the other man (his driver) to go to his house and bring DSS (Department of State Services) to come and jail me; he said he will jail me.
“When the DSS came, as I was trying to talk, he gave me a slap in their presence and said I should get down on my knees. When I knelt down, the man came with his leg and broke my mouth and my cheek. That was when I fell down.”
He added: “He (Umar) said he is going to jail me; that he has jailed lots of people and they cannot come out unless he says so. He said he is the one that is fighting Saraki (Bukola Saraki, former senate president) and many people,” the guard said.
“I have an injury on my chest, my mouth and my neck. Since that Monday I have been in the hospital treating myself. I am even in the hospital now.”
Speaking further, the guard said police officers from the Maitama Division arrived at the scene and took him to the Divisional Headquarters where he was made to write a statement.
The guard added that he was at the station until late evening when his lawyer and manager were able to secure his bail.
Corroborating his claim, the plaza manager, Dennis Omala, and one of his colleague, told the news medium they witnessed the scene at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2.
The duo also said police officers from the Maitama division came to invite the guards present to the station but “we refused since we have been asked to write a statement (on what happened) and we have done that.”