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EFCC Clears CCT Chairman, Justice Umar of Corruption

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday, said there is no proof to try Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) Chairman Justice Danladi Umar for alleged corruption.

The commission stated clearly that there were no facts yet to prosecute Justice Umar, who was accused by a former Customs officer, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo, a retired Deputy Comptroller General, that he collected a N10 million bribe.

The EFCC said it stood by a letter, EFCC/EC/ SGF /03/56 of March 5, 2015 which its former chairman, Mr. Ibrahim Lamorde, wrote to ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Anyim Pius Anyim that there were no sufficient facts  to prosecute the CCT chairman.

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The letter said: “However, the facts as they are now against Justice Umar raised a mere suspicion and will therefore not be sufficient to successfully prosecute him for the offence.

“Above is submitted for the information of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, please.”

A top official of the EFCC, who spoke with our correspondent, said: “We stand by our letter that we cannot prosecute the CCT chairman because there are no evidence to do so.

“We have reviewed the allegations against Umar and we have amplified  the clearance given to Justice Umar.

“This position will not change until there is a contrary proof against the judge.”



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