Again, EFCC clears CCT chairman, Danladi Umar, of corruption allegations

Danladi Umar
Danladi Umar

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday affirmed its position that there was no strong evidence of corruption that could provide basis for the prosecution of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar.

The anti-graft body said the allegations against Mr. Umar were “suspicious” and “insufficient.”

In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, the EFCC said Mr. Umar was being cleared the second time after its personnel carried out a thorough investigation on the petitions against the tribunal chairman.

The Head of Public Relations of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Ibraheem Al-hassan, who disclosed the details of the letter in a statement, said the EFCC was responding to the conclusion of a petition against Mr. Umar that he allegedly received a N10 million bribe from one Abdulrashid Owolabi.

Mr. Al-hassan quoted excerpts of the letter from the EFCC as saying, ‘‘We would like to reiterate the Commission’s position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations leveled against Justice Umar were mere suspicious and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence.”

Mr. Al-hassan said the letter, with reference number EFCC/P/NHRU/688/V.30/99, and dated April 20, 2016,  was signed by the secretary to the commission, Emmanuel Aremo.

The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the letter.

Wednesday’s letter is the second written to federal authorities by the EFCC to clear Mr. Umar.

The first was written on March 5, 2015 through the office of the former SGF, Pius Anyim.

In that letter, the EFCC said there was no strong case against Mr. Umar but that there was prima facie evidence to prosecute his personal assistant “who could offer no coherent excuse for receiving N1.8 million naira into his salary account from Taiwo who is an accused person standing trial at the Tribunal.”

Mr. Umar has come under intense scrutiny since the commencement of trial of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, over alleged false assets declaration, with many accusing him of being equally tainted and calling on him to excuse himself from Mr. Saraki’s case.

Last December, a group, the Anti-Corruption Network, had also alleged that Mr. Umar used his office to purchase N34.9million exotic vehicles, furniture and other household items without following due process.

The ACN, led by Senator Dino Melaye, an ally of the Senate President, dragged Mr. Umar before the House of Representatives Committee on Public Petitions over the allegations.

Mr. Umar denied the allegations.

In December 2015, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, said there was no “material fact” to put Mr. Umar on trial.

Mr. Malami said based on the presentation by Mr. Umar, the petition by the Mr. Melaye-led ACN and the submission by the EFCC, it would be difficult to initiate prosecution against the CCT Chairman.

“Deriving from the conclusions, it became difficult for any prosecution to be initiated on the basis of facts as they were presented,” the AGF said.

“The position of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is that in the absence of further material fact in the allegations, we find it very difficult to prosecute Alhaji Umar in the circumstances against the background of his presentation and further conclusion arrived at by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.”


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  • Paul Young

    Hmmmmm.. I hope the investigation was conducted really thoroughly as the EFCC claim. A corrupt person cannot be in charge of the trial of another allegedly corrupt person

    • eddy

      And a corrupt person shouldn’t be in charge of the Senate either.

    • AFRICANER

      You just surprised me with your extraordinary sense there. I didn’t expect that from you, I must admit.

    • tundemash

      If you have more information for EFCC, provide it.

      • AFRICANER

        That’s it, Mash! You need a brain transplant. Your propaganda is becoming infantile and annoying.

        • tundemash

          Mr. Career Liar, it is quite rich that you, a known lying crumb-catcher, is accusing me of propaganda.
          Can you point out the propaganda in my statement pointing out the double-speak in the statement of your fellow wailing wailer.

          • AFRICANER

            Okay I’ll tell you:

            I challenge you to look through your comments in the last 12 months, and point out where you didn’t use one of the following silly propaganda tools:

            1. Wailing wailer
            2. GEJ
            3. Career Liar
            4. Dumbo
            5. Goodluck Jonathan
            5. Jonathan

            You sound like a 3 year old; Like a broken record. So STOP! It’s not working.

          • tundemash

            Oloshi,
            Are you not a wailing wailer ? Have you not been wailing since your hope was dimmed on March 27th 2015 ?
            Is GEJ or Jonathan no more Dumbo’s name ?
            Are u not a career liar or what do u call someone who gets paid to comes here daily to propagate lies ?

            And before you change the topic, should it have been you or Tompolo , your fellow miscreant that should have cleared Justice Umar? TWAT !

          • AFRICANER

            Okay, Robot.

          • tundemash

            OK. Mr. Career Liar. Get a decent job, desist from your evil ways and go get some sense.

          • AFRICANER

            3 Days ago, I decided to block the following people from reading or responding to my comments: Zrad_LoneWolfe, KennBest, deji, Tunji Olarewaju, Jujubeans, Hugo, The Nigerian quagmire, Tamuno-Opubo Cookey-Gam, Sola(Atlanta), Gbola, Galadz, Onike24, olufemi oba Bolaji, IgboIzugbe, Mide Midey, Gwazy, Buhari4Ever, Mama Kay, QDouglas, Okwuchukwu Ezeanyika, Rufa’i Bashir and FormerNigerian.

            Effective immediately, I have added tundemash to the list, and more will follow.

          • tundemash

            Oloshi, apparently, Fayose hasn’t given you the psychiatric medicine he brought for you from China.
            Did i warn you when u surfaced here pre-election with your drug-fuelled propagandas that truth will hunt you down? Your nightmare is just beginning. TWAT !

    • Julius

      You do know that you can write a petition against the EFCC, dont you ?. Do that if you are not satisfy with their investigation of the Judge. It seems like you are doubting them. Right ?

  • who is fooling who

    The N1.8million part payment of bribe allegedly given to the Indicted Judge of the Code of Conduct tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar by an accused standing before him, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Taiwo Owolabi has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    A retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Taiwo Owolabi, alleged that the indicted Justice Danladi, who is the judge handling the Senator Bukola Saraki’s case, through his personal Assistant, Gambo Abdullahi, demanded the sum of N10million from him to free him from the corruption allegations leveled against him before the CCT.
    Mr Owolabi stated that out of the sum of N10million, he made a payment of N1.8 million through a Zenith Bank cheque issued on December 12, 2012 for the amount of N1.8million from his Bourdillon Branch on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and received the same day by Gambo Abdullahi, the appointed Personal Assistant to Justice Danladi in his Usuma Branch, Maitama Abuja.

    Gambo before this payment have N1,448.41 as his accounts balance, but the N1.8m bribe money increased it to N1,900,448.41. The money was promptly withdrawn the same day by the Abdullahi, who told EFCC investigators that he handed over the cash to Umar by hand.

    Justice Umar also admitted that he met privately with Taiwo in his chamber of the CCT. This has since been considered most unethical and highly suspicious conduct on his part.
    But the EFCC, which has since charged Justice Umar and his PA to court over the allegation, said the first thing it did was to recover the alleged bribe.

    • AFRICANER

      That’s the point, how can EFCC play the role of prosecutor, Judge, and Jury?

      It is NOT their role to clear anybody of allegations. If they don’t want to prosecute the case, another agency can handle it.

      We are in a jungle!

      • tundemash

        Mr. Career Liar,

        Whose role is it to clear “anybody of allegations”? Yours ? And has EFCC prevented that your “another agency” from prosecuting the man who is the nemesis of your benefactor ?

        • AFRICANER

          It is well known that EFCC is supposed to be the accuser, the prosecutor; it is then the role of an arbiter, a judge, a trier of fact, some sort of finder of fact, preferably, in my opinion, a jury, a person, or group of persons, who determines facts in a legal proceeding, usually a trial. To determine a fact is to decide, from the evidence, whether something existed or some event occurred, not like this where EFCC declares someone cleared in the abstract; how crazy! We both know Nigeria is too backwards and cursed to actually institute a jury system, where a person is judged by his or her peers. As we have it now, only big men get a semblance of justice for Justices such as Umar and his assistant. Woeful country!

          • tundemash

            Oloshi, it’s like you accuse your neighbour of stealing; if the police investigates and found out you were just hallucinating, would they not just drip the case?
            You and your benefactor, Saraki, can keep grappling at any straw, you are both drowning by the Grace of God.

    • Jacky

      Doesn’t seem you grasp the real meaning of indictment. Justice Danladi Umar has never been indicted. Get your facts right and stop sabotaging your country…..if actually you are a Nigerian.

      • 9ja needs a new ruler

        Monkey—If he was not indicted then why is Efcc attempting to deny that their inconclusive regional Fulanis investigation did not find him Umar guilty mumu–Is that not an indictment-?—The purpose of an indictment is to inform an accused individual like Umar of the charge against him or her so that the person will be able to prepare a defense period. What is the difference between u and Buhari now? Efcc is now the judge–the defence lawyer and the prosecutors at the same time–that is the country Buhari yearns to build with his certificate less thieving Fulani life–And were u people thinking like patriots when u went about selling your country cheap to the Hague ati the CIA during the era of Jonathan’ animals–

  • The Truth

    Small small the truth is coming out that there is really no concrete evidence against Saraki ,just media hype and lies created with the help of outlets like Sahara reporters,premium times,punch and the Nation..The depth people will sink to just to gain power and money is amazing .May God forgive this outlets for how they have deceived Nigerians. We voted for Buhari and saw how Saraki risked everything to go against the former government because of what they stood for. He supported and stood with Buhari financially and politically. Even though they had internal dis-agreements and there was annoyance that a PDP man emerged as the deputy SP( because of this same no peace ,no deal, no give way attitude of elements in the APC),it was not enough that it merited telling blatant lies against Saraki and then try and bury him alive in the ground. But God will always reveal the truth.This same media houses can try and re-spin and re-roll the reports coming from the CCT and Michael Wetkas as much as they want, but it is clear to Nigerians how morally disgraceful and incompetent the executive has been on this matter

    • True Nigerian

      Did you just say that these are “blatant lies against Saraki?”. Your conscience has gone south! It’s a pity! Never let your bias destroy your conscience and portray you as a big “f00l”.

      I know you are still angry about the decision of Nigerians to reject your Jonathan. But, as I said, never ever bring yourself to the point where even your sanity, intellect and conscience is looking below that of an animal.

      After reading about all the assets that Saraki did not declare and seeing how he has been paying himself full salary more than 7 years after leaving office, you reduce yourself to nothing when you say these are “blatant lies”.

      The Panama papers show there are even more assets that were hidden by Saraki and not decalared. But it doesn’t matter to debased bigots like you who called Saraki a corrupt criminal whilst he was helping to kick Jonathan out but will praise Saraki now that APC wants him to be tried for those crimes after his treachery against the party.

      I’m sure you don’t know you’re a bigot. But I have just told you.

      • whales1212

        You’re wasting your time against lost souls bruv,you should have known it doesn’t follow normal sense to support a thief after being caught with all he’s stolen. If after those assets revelation someone isn’t angry about how the country has been looted, don’t you think there’s madness to it? Common you really can’t have a productive argument with such mind.

      • Julius

        lolz, he is a moron and as such , just laught at him and move on !. He is a bigot and a biafool !

    • power must change hand

      The Satanic level Buhari is now taking Nigeria to is too scary for comfort–It is really sad–that Nigerians could allow their country descend to this gutter level by Buhari-The ongoing trial of Saraki is a complete sham—–whikle the main thief who happens to be Umar walks about as a free man–in Nigeria-And is allowed by the Fulani led Government of Buhari to sit in judgement-of another

  • AFRICANER

    What do we do when a gang has taken over our government?

    It is not the EFCC’s role to clear anybody of corruption allegations!

    The associate of Justice Umar has pointed at the Justice as the kingpin of their thing. The associate was busted with millions in loot, how do you clear him without a trial?

    It’s obvious that the Justice is acting as an attack dog for those who want’s to remove Saraki from office, but can’t the Justice at least, have the decency to recuse himself, and then go face trial for his own corruption?

    Clearly, none of those who come hear to bark about corruption will buy this. Right?

    The only way to make headway in Nigeria is to start being fair about all processes. That’s it. Be fair.

    • Julius

      ‘It is not the EFCC’s role to clear anybody of corruption allegations!’. Nope, its Mr. AFRICANER role !. Abi. By your logic, EFCC should pick you up and charge you to court on allegations of corruption. Right ? You are indeed unserious !

  • Jacky

    Therefore, there’s no basis (ab initio) for the suspicious invitation of Justice Umar by the stinking Saraki-led Senate which has turned itself into investigators and prosecutors of the CCT Chairman for obvious reasons. “Na we and them!”

  • power must change hand

    EFCC, ICPC, and DSS are all legacies of past administrations. Under Buhari, these organs of government have been converted into organs of the APC for the persecution of the political enemies of the president and his party. Under Obasanjo, the EFCC went after the members of the president’s party first and foremost. Under Buhari, the EFCC goes primarily after members of the opposition.

    Under Jonathan, INEC was a champion of free and fair elections. Under Buhari, INEC has become a champion of inconclusive elections. Under Jonathan, the privacy rights of Nigerians were respected. Under Buhari, the privacy rights of Nigerians are disrespected. Even the sanctity of the government house in Uyo, Akwa Ibom was violated by the DSS.

    Buhari’s anti-corruption double-standards are becoming legion. The president insists Abacha never stole any money, and then institutes the probe of the PDP for the mismanagement of the recovered non-existent Abacha loot. He accuses the PDP of using public funds to finance its 2015 election campaign, but fails to disclose where the APC obtained the money to finance its own very expensive election campaign. The APC commends INEC for running the ostensibly free and fair election that brought it to power in 2015; then it challenges in court every election conducted by the same INEC in the same election cycle that APC lost.

  • Bode Olamiti

    Editor Premium Times,

    BUKOLA SARAKI is a child in adult body. He does not understand the terrain he’s fighting on.

    He’s childishly walked into an ambush and just desperately looking for his own whereabouts.

    From the day he was summoned by the Tribunal he has not taken any intelligent step since.

    That shows he is shallow, daft or dull, despite the phalanx of 90 lawyers he summoned for show.

    • Darlington

      Thanks bro, you captured exactly what was going on in my mind. I thought Saraki is a lion, I just discovered that he is a lily livered and chicken hearted unprepared Senate President, bereft of ideas of survival strategy.

  • favourtalk

    What will Saraki do again now? He should stop running and face his trial

  • power must change hands-

    The N1.8million part payment of bribe allegedly given to the Indicted Judge of the Code of Conduct tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar by an accused standing before him, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Taiwo Owolabi has been recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

    A retired Deputy Comptroller-General of Customs, Taiwo Owolabi, alleged that the indicted Justice Danladi, who is the judge handling the Senator Bukola Saraki’s case, through his personal Assistant, Gambo Abdullahi, demanded the sum of N10million from him to free him from the corruption allegations leveled against him before the CCT.

    Mr Owolabi stated that out of the sum of N10million, he made a payment of N1.8 million through a Zenith Bank cheque issued on December 12, 2012 for the amount of N1.8million from his Bourdillon Branch on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, and received the same day by Gambo Abdullahi, the appointed Personal Assistant to Justice Danladi in his Usuma Branch, Maitama Abuja.

    Gambo before this payment have N1,448.41 as his accounts balance, but the N1.8m bribe money increased it to N1,900,448.41. The money was promptly withdrawn the same day by the Abdullahi, who told EFCC investigators that he handed over the cash to Umar by hand.

    Justice Umar also admitted that he met privately with Taiwo in his chamber of the CCT. This has since been considered most unethical and highly suspicious conduct on his part.

    But the EFCC, which has since charged Justice Umar and his PA to court over the allegation, said the first thing it did was to recover the alleged bribe.

    • TrueNja

      If this your post is true, PMB war against corruption is a hoax and vendetta.

  • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

    Umar is too filthy to sit in judgement of even a stray dog or pig

    • Julius

      Well. he is sitting in judgement of a remorseless jackass. You happy now ?

  • TrueNja

    “In that letter, the EFCC said …. but that there was prima facie evidence to prosecute his personal assistant “who could offer no coherent excuse for receiving N1.8 million naira into his salary account from Taiwo who is an accused person standing trial at the Tribunal.” Has EFCC prosecuted justice Danladi Umar’s assistant? Based on this statement from EFCC, justice Danladi Umar is tainted and should not be a judge deciding corruption cases.

  • OmoLasgidi

    Interesting, but sad that many people are falling for the diversionary tactics by the Saraki camp…running round in circles employing different empty tactics and tricks. Now they are attacking the judge, so they can claim bias?

    The issue of the judge in the bribery case is a separate matter, and has he been found guilty? Is there any interest or nexus between the Saraki case and the bribery case against the judge?

    How does the “perceived taint” of corruption against the judge make Saraki less innocent, or absolve him of the serious allegations that is being proven by facts from the EFCC investigation?

    It appears a number of ill-informed Nigerians are getting caught up with some trumped “political persecution” of Saraki – as the President of the Senate that took oath of office, he should submit himself to the laws of the land to determine if he is guilty or not, and if unsatisfied, he can take his case to the Supreme court!

    How can the ordinary Nigerian be expected to have faith in our legal courts, if such people as the Senate President is obviously toying with the sanctity of our judicial system and seeking fruitless ways to scuttle things?

    Sad, very sad.

  • Anonymous

    “We’ll let you go, but give us Saraki” Very corrupt system.