THE House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions investigating the petition against the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman, Mr. Danladi Umar, could not sit because the Anti-Corruption Network, which wrote the petition, was absent.
It was learnt the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, wrote the committee, led by Ikem Abonta, that he needed time to put together information requested by the lawmakers.
Speaking shortly before adjourning, Abonta said there was need for the writer of the petition to be present.
“In the practice of fair hearing and justice, they should be around to substantiate their allegations. We need to hear them. We will give the petitioner time to come, to ensure fair hearing,” the lawmaker said.
The committee chairman also said the attorney general requested time to enable him make presentation before the committee. He rescheduled the hearing for December 9 and 10.
Umar came to the session with his management team, including Mr. Abdumalik Shuibu, chief registrar and the director of Budget and Accounts.
He, however, did not make a statement.
According to the petition, the CCT chairman was accused of fictitious contract for the supply of office furniture and fittings for N11.4 million, misappropriated N4.2 million for external light bulbs and N1 million for his wedding.