The spokesperson for the Code of Conduct Tribunal(CCT), Ibraheem Al-Hassan, has explained that he was instructed to use “Biafran Boys” in the statement he released in defence of his boss, the Chairman of CCT, Umar Danladi who was accused of assaulting a security officer guarding Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja.
The CCT spokesperson also explained why the press statement he issued in defence of his boss was full of grammatical errors.
His explanation comes after the social media backlash greeted the press statement.
Al-hassan, however explained that he did not edit the statement, which he said he typed with his phone, before releasing to the public.
“All the grammatical errors and what have you, were not noted. I did not proofread it; I was in the car when I composed it with my android,” he said.
According to him, the statement was written under pressure.
“There has never been an issue with my statements, as I am speaking with you, I am regretting my action,” Al-Hassan said.
“There’s a problem with that statement. In fact, we are about disowning it. We want to retract the content because it was written under intense pressure. I must confess to you, that is why there are many structural imbalances, language structure not being perfect and, again, some of the expressions used. I acted on instruction.”
In a five-minute video that has gone viral on social media, the CCT chairman, Danlandi was seen slapping and kicking the yet-to-be-identified security guard, while police officers suspected to be attached to the CCT boss were seen trying to restrain him from attacking the guard.
But following negative reactions that trailed the CCT chairman’s action as captured in the video, the CCT spokesperson, Al-Hassan on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, issued a statement in defence of the CCT Chairman, Umar as reproduced below unedited:
“Press Statement from the Code of Conduct Bureau
“Our attention was drawn on a report from some online publication with a video cliff suggesting Hon Chairman, Justice Danladi Y. Umar assaulted a Security Guard at Banex Plaza.
“To start with, the said plaza has been his usual place of visits for the past 18 years for shopping and repairs of his phones, and in all these periods there have never been any time he had any turmoil with anybody.
“Unfortunately, yesterday’s altercations started over a packing lot, which Chairman met vacant and it was directly opposite a shop he want to make a purchase and to fixe his phone, when the young Security guard sighted him, he ordered that Chairman should not pack his car in that particular empty space, but Chairman asked why, the security guard couldn’t convinced chairman, though Chairman didn’t identify himself, because to him is needless and is a place he visited often, but the boy was rode in his approached and threaten to deal with Chairman if he refuse to leave the scene.
“Again, if Chairman had went there to cause trouble or intimidate some one, as suggested in the report, he would have gone there in his full official paraphernalia, but he went there alone with his younger brother.
“The Police men seen in the video cliff were not the Chairman’s police team, they were policemen operating around the plaza whom at first instance intervened before the arrival of police team from Maitama Police station. As the few policemen in the complex were apparently overwhelmed by the mobs, consisting of BIAFRAN boys throwing matches and shape object to his car, which led to deep cut and dislocation in one of his finger, causing damage to his car, smashing his windscreen.
“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.
“An incident like this when it happened, sympathy usually goes to the low personalities. Though is unfortunate as I said, it ought not to have happened.”