The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has said it would investigate the assault of a security guard by the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Danladi Yakubu Umar.
This was made known in a statement issued by Dr. Rapulu Nduka, the NBA spokesperson, on Thursday.
Umar was in a five-minute video that circulated on Tuesday caught physically assaulting a security guard at Banex Plaza in Wuse, Abuja.
Reacting, the NBA said it is taking the action to determine whether Umar’s conduct was unbecoming of a member of the legal profession.
The association said its relevant committee would probe the circumstances leading to the altercation, and, depending on its findings, “ensure that appropriate action is taken to address this occurrence”/
The statement read: “The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has been drawn to the video making the rounds where the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) – Danladi Yakubu Umar Esq., was seen, together with his security detail, allegedly assaulting a citizen at Banex Plaza, in Wuse Abuja,” the statement partly read.
“We understand that this citizen turned out to be a 22-year-old employee of Jul Reliable Guards Services Ltd, posted as a security guard to the Plaza and who is now reportedly hospitalised.
“The NBA has also read the statement credited to the Head, Press and Public Relations of the CCT in response to the actions of Mr Umar.
“The NBA frowns at any display of naked power by a public officer especially one who, by virtue of his high office, is expected to exhibit a high standard of conduct.”