N10m Bribery: CCT chair, Yakubu, in trouble as court admits statement implicating him in bribery allegation

Danladi Umar

Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Mr Danladi Yakubu Umar is in trouble.

This is because an Abuja high court has admitted in evidence a statement earlier disowned by an aide to the CCT’s boss, Mr Ali Gambo Abdullahi, implicating him in a N10 million bribery case.

The document was admitted after the judge conducted a trial within trial in the matter.

Mr Abdullahi, the aide to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) had told the court that the statement tendered against him implicating his boss was though made by him but that it was made under duress.

His position had made the trial judge to order a trial within trial.

The court, while ruling after the trial-within-trial proceedings held that the contrary to the claim of Abdullahi, the controversial statement indicting the CCT’s boss was freely made by his Personal Assistant and Protocol Officer, Ali Gambo Abdullahi.

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The court therefore dismissed the claim by Abdullahi that the implicating statement he made in 2013 was done under duress and inducement from the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abdullahi had been invited by EFCC following a petition by a retired Deputy Customs Comptroller, Mr. Rasheed Taiwo Owolabi, that he channelled the bribe through the defendant to the CCT boss.

Abdullahi said the CCT chairman met severally in his chamber the accused person, Owolabi, who was standing trial before the court on false assets declaration charges.

Justice Orji described as an afterthought, the claim by Abdullahi that he acted under coercion and fixed March 27 for continuation of trial of the defendant.