On Thursday, the 16th of June 2017, there were powerful denotations that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission would open up investigation into accusations of corruption against Justice Danladi Usman, the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal. According to some sources at the anti-graft agency in Abuja, the commission had commenced the screening all outstanding allegations against the CCT Chairman.
A top officer of the EFCC, who confided in one of the leading newspaper houses in Nigeria, said after examining all the appeal against the CCT chairman, the anti-graft commission would summon him for interrogation. “I can confirm to you that the EFCC is set to reopen the probe of the CCT chairman. We are studying the petitions and he will be invited anytime from now,” these were the exact words of the source.
It was discovered that the anti-corruption agency had begun a probe of the CCT chairman more than a year ago. A preliminary report was even submitted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The copies of the appeal that was put forward to the National Assembly in 2015 by anti-corruption groups, were also given to the EFCC for investigations.
It can be recalled that the Senate had instructed its Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to carry out a detailed investigation into the allegations of corruption leveled against the Chairman of the CCT in November 2015. The pronouncement followed a request submitted by Obinna Obah, a Peoples Democratic Party senator, from Ebonyi State.
However, Tte CCT chairman, did not appear before the committee. While presenting the report, the chairman stated that the investigation had been delayed because the House of Representatives was also carrying out a similar exercise.