The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) says it will investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent assault allegation levelled against Danladi Umar, chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).
Umar was caught on video as he stepped out of his car at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja, and hit a security guard who had told him his vehicle was parked in the wrong space.
In his defence, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, CCT spokesperson, said the security man was rude and could not provide a reasonable explanation why Umar should not park in the said space.
In addition, Al-Hassan said the guard threatened Umar.
Reacting to the incident, the NBA in a statement issued on Thursday by its spokesman, Dr. Rapulu Nduka, said the association was taking the action, to determine whether Umar’s conduct was unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
He said NBA relevant committee would probe the circumstances leading to the altercation, and, depending on its findings, “ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence.”
“The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to the video making the rounds where the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) – Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq., was seen, together with his security detail, allegedly assaulting a citizen at Banex Plaza, in Wuse Abuja,” the statement partly read.
“We understand that this citizen turned out to be a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Ltd, posted as a security guard to the Plaza and who is now reportedly hospitalised.
“The NBA has also read the statement credited to the Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT in response to the actions of Mr Umar.
“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.”