OrderPaperToday – The Code of Conduct Tribunal has disowned a statement on the purported arraignment of Senator Peter Nwabaoshi on alleged breach of asset declaration law.
There have been reports in the media of the Senator’s arraignment over non-compliance with procedures in the Code of Conduct Bureau act.
Section 3 (d) of the Code of Conduct Bureau act states that once it “receives complaints about non-compliance with or breach of this Act and where the Bureau considers it necessary to do so, refer such compliaints to the Code of Conduct Tribunal established by section 20 of this Act in accordance with the provisions of sections 20 to 25 of this Act.
“Provided that where the person concerned makes a written admission of such breach or noncompliance, no reference to the Tribunal shall be necessary.”
The application was however undergoing scrutiny before it got leaked in the media, the CCT Spokesman, Ibraheem Alhassan said in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement reads: “Yesterday returned back to the Federal Ministry of Justice application to commence trial against a Senator named Peter Nwaoboshi for substantial non compliance with the Tribunal’s Practice Direction 2017.
“We were compelled to issue this release because over the weekend some national dailies in their content reported that: Senator Nwaoboshi was before CCT ready to be arraigned, this was before the registry of CCT studying the application before taken a decision, suddenly it got leaked out by an impostor, purportedly to be believed it was from Tribunal.”
Alhassan also noted that the matter has been withdrawn due to certain discrepancies identified by the CCB.
The statement further read: “However, the letter conveying the request to Federal Ministry of Justice, with a caption “Re: CCT /ABJ/02/19 FRN V Senator Peter Nwaoboshi”, dated 20th June, 2019, attentioned to S. M. Labaran.
The letter reads: “Please recall that you filed an application to commence trial in the above named suit on the 17th of June, 2019.
“I am however directed by the Hon. Chairman of Code of Conduct Tribunal to return the application filed due to the following:-
“Noncompliance with paragraph 3 (2) (i) (iii) and (iv) of the Code of Conduct Tribunal Practice Direction 2017 in that:-
“No name of witness(s) is listed on the application; the CCB staff so stated without given a name and address is vague.
“Since accounts are involved, a Sterling Bank Official ought to be listed as witness with attached statement of witness(s).”
The Spokesman thereafter urged media “not to use any matter before Tribunal from anybody outside it, in order avoid this kind of mishaps of our procedures.”