Chris Steven, Abuja
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria ( HUWIWA) has called on the embattled Chairman of Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Danladi Umar to resign from office over his alleged official indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
National coordinator of HURIWA, Emmanuel Onwubiko, while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Monday, maintained that the CCB boss lacks the moral right to keep functioning as chairman of a constitutional body given the weight of allegation against him.
“It is with deep conviction as genuine patriots and human rights campaigners to demand from you a very simple task -resignation from your high office as the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal because of the official indictment of his person on allegation of corruption by the EFCC following, an investigation of his personal assistant, Ali Gambo Abdullahi over an alleged N 10 million extortion racketeering,” Onwubiko stated.
Onwubiko reminded CCB Chairman that he was still on an administrative bail in the sum of N5 million from the EFCC in the matter of “A case of conspiracy, bribery, abuse of office and money laundering” in a complaint filed by one Rasheed Owolabi Taiwo.
“We have also accessed a report written by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to the former president Goodluck Jonathan on the 12th of May, 2014, recommending his removal from office.
“As a member of the judiciary which is the custodian of our laws, it is only lawful and respectful that he resigns from his exalted position to save the nation and Judiciary from this monumental opprobrium.
He who goes to equity must do so with clean mind devoid of allegations of fraud.” He said