Crime and Security

Police haunting traders who videoed CCT chairman assaulting security guard,

Police haunting traders who videoed CCT chairman assaulting security guard,


A case of misplaced judgment may have played out in a viral video showing the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) chairman, Danladi Umar assaulting a security guard, Clement Sargwak at the Banex Shopping Plaza, Abuja.

The FCT Police Command has let the CCT chairman go scot-free while the Department of State Service (DSS) has gone ahead to arrest a trader, Peter Onyuike, and then handed over to the police for allegedly assaulting the CCT chairman while other traders are being hunted.

A document released on Friday revealed that the police were investigating traders for criminal conspiracy, joint act, assault, criminal force, and mischief.

In the letter addressed to the company in charge of security at the plaza, with reference number CR:3000/FCT/X/D15/Vol the police asked that another trader, Oyuho Augustine Samuel, be brought to the Anti-Vice Section of the Criminal Investigation Department at Wuse Zone 2 on April 6, 2021.

The letter signed by ACP Magawata Mode, and addressed to Jul Reliable Security Guards, is titled, ‘Letter of Invitation, case of criminal conspiracy, joint act, assault, criminal force and mischief: Oyuho Augustine Samuel’ and dated April 1, 2021.

It read in part, “The office is investigating the above mentioned case in which the need to obtain certain clarification from one Oyuho Augustine Samuel, who operates a shop within your business premises became pertinent.

“In view of the above, you are kindly requested to avail yourself to interview the undersigned through CSP Njayo Yahaya Bawuchi, sectional Head, Anti-Vice Section, No. 34 Koforidua Street, off Ouagadougou Street off Accra Street, off Michael Opara Street, Wuse Zone 2 on April 6, 2021 at 10am prompt.”

A lawyer to the assaulted security guard, Mr. Samuel Ihensekhien, who spoke to the media said it was unfortunate that the police had abandoned the substantive issue but were chasing traders who videoed the incident.

Ihensekhien revealed that the arrested trader had been tortured to write statements to the effect that the CCT chairman was the victim of a mob attack at the plaza.

The lawyer threatened that if the police compromised the case, he would be forced to institute an action in court.

“There is a dangerous dimension to the matter. When the police came on March 30, the day of the incident, they were led by one Supol Moses Simdok. They interviewed Sargwak (the guard). They took pictures of the boy and the injuries. They asked for his uniform and we said we would provide it later.

“They said the CP of Abuja wanted to see us and I asked that an official letter be brought and we would all come. Subsequently, Simdok started insulting me. After taking my client’s statement, they said they needed collaborator witnesses so we went to search. One guy, who witnessed it first hand, and had a video, wrote statements as well as another trader. The police later said they should come to the station but I refused.

“Today, I was contacted by the manager of the security guard that there is an invitation letter to report to the Anti-Vice section for frivolous allegations. When he made further inquiries, they said the first guy that was arrested confessed in police custody that he beat up the CCT chairman. I was informed that the police wrote a statement for him and told him to sign it,” the lawyer said.

Ihensekhien pointed out that the CCT chairman does not have immunity but the police have continued to take his side.

“Danladi is a private citizen and he has no right to arrest any private citizen. The Code of Conduct Tribunal has a very limited jurisdiction. The main case should be about the security guard that was assaulted but they are twisting the matter and trying to accuse people of assaulting Danladi Umar,” the lawyer said.

The FCT police command has not reacted to allegations that they were taking sides with the CCT chairman.

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