EFCC Sends ‘clearance letter’ to CCT Chairman Absolving Him of Bribery Allegation
The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) says its chairman, Danladi Umar, has been cleared of a N10m-bribe allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The clearance was formally conveyed by the EFCC to Justice Umar in a letter signed by the Secretary of the commission, Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo. The letter was addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Ibrahim Alhassan, spokesman of the tribunal, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has today conveyed a letter to the chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Hon Danladi Yakubu Umar, exonerating him on the alleged N10 million bribe by one AbdulRashid Owolabi, in his petition to the commission,” Alhassan said.
“The letter was addressed to the secretary to government of the federation, captioned ‘RE: Investigation Report RE: N10million Bribery Allegation against the Chairman Code of Conduct Tribunal, Abuja.’ ‘With reference NO: EFCC/P/NHRU/688/V.30/99, dated 20th April, 2016.’
“The letter which was signed by Emmanuel Adegboyega Aremo, secretary to the commission reads: ‘Kindly recall our correspondence of 5th March, 2015, (reference EFCC/EC/SGF/03/56) with the above subject, please.”
‘‘We would like to reiterate the commission’s position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations levelled against Justice Umar were mere suspicions and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence.”
According Alhassan, “today’s clearance letter was second to the previous one sent on the March 5,2015 during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan through the office of the then secretary to the government of the federation Chief Pius Anyim.”
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