The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has weighed in on the recent assault allegation levelled against the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar.
Naija News had reported how Umar was caught in a video physically attacking a security guard at Banex Plaza in Abuja, who had told him his vehicle was parked in the wrong space.
In his defence, CCT spokesperson, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, said the security man was rude to Umar and threatened the CCT chairman.
However, in an interview on Thursday, the guard denied that he was rude to the CCT chairman, saying that Umar was the one who assaulted him while doing his duty.
Reacting to the incident in a statement on Thursday, NBA spokesman, Rapulu Nduka, says it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent assault allegation levelled against Umar.
The statement said as a member of the legal profession, Umar ought to maintain high professional conduct in private and public places.
“The NBA frowns at any display of naked power by a public officer especially one who, by virtue of his high office, is expected to exhibit a high standard of conduct,” the statement reads.
“The situation is all the more critical when it involves the head of an agency of government set up to ensure compliance, by public officers, with the code of conduct.
“Further, as a member of the legal profession, Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq. is expected, by the extant rules that regulate the conduct of legal practitioners in Nigeria, to maintain a high standard of professional conduct, and not to engage in any conduct which is unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
“Prima facie evidence available at the moment raise questions regarding whether such standards have been met.
“In view of the foregoing, the NBA shall through its relevant committee, investigate the circumstances leading to the altercation, and depending on its findings, will ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence.”
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