The Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Umar, who was seen in a video assaulting a security guard, said the viral video did not show all that transpired.
Recall that Umar last Monday was spotted in a video allegedly assaulting a security guard identified as Clement Sargwak at Banex Plaza, Wuse 2, Abuja.
The CCT in a statement released through it spokesman, Ibraheem Al-Hassan, noted that Umar was attacked by some ‘Biafra boys’ at Banex.
He said the CCT chairman was “overwhelmed by the mobs, consisting of BIAFRAN boys throwing matches and shape object to his car (sic).
“At a point he attempted to leave the scene, these same miscreants, BIAFRAN boy ordered for the closure of the gate thereby assaulting him before the arrival of police team from Maitama police station.”
Speaking in a fresh interview with PRNigeria, Danladi Umar did not deny asking the CCT spokesperson to issue a statement blaming the mob attack on him on ‘Biafran boys’.
He stated that was attacked by a mob that were “chanting secessionist and sectional slogan.”
Umar said, “As part of my routine activities outside the office and official duties, like any regular Nigerian, I always drive myself and move around freely to places of worship, markets and gyms, among others, without any paraphernalia of office.
“I enjoy such freedom being a believer that one day one would leave whatever office one occupies and returning to living the normal life.
“Therefore, when I was accosted by the Plaza guard in a very rude manner on arriving there, I had maintained my accustomed decorum before I was drawn into an unnecessary altercation and subsequently assaulted, with this degenerating into an attack and injury by a mob that was chanting secessionist and sectional slogans.
“Since the incident, which left me traumatised after being bruised and treated in the hospital, I have had cause to reflect on the sad course of the incident and I regret being drawn into responding to the situation. This makes me both upset at being cast in a distorted and unfortunate light, while I also have cause to feel deep pains for subsequent response and controversies.
“All said, with an apology tendered to me by one of the suspected aggressors, I believe that the entire incident was avoidable, just as I feel highly disappointed that my action in the public glare in a very brief moment has been misconstrued in the narrative floating across social media.”