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DANLADI UMAR AND THE CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL

According to Wikipedia, Danladi Umar is a Nigerian jurist from Bauchi State in North Central Nigeria. Prior to becoming Chairman of the Code Of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) of Nigeria, he was a lawyer and a Chief Magistrate in Bauchi State, Nigeria. Appointed at aged 36 to the CCT as acting chairman, Danladi Umar went on to become the youngest chairman of the CCT four years later.

President Goodluck Jonathan appointed him to the position of the CCT chairman in 2011 upon the recommendation of National Judicial Council as well as Federal Judicial Service Commission. He is the youngest Nigerian to become Chairman of the CCT.

On September 18, 2015, Danladi Umar made legal history in Nigeria by becoming the first judge in the country to issue an arrest warrant against a sitting senate president of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki. His action against the third most powerful politician in the country (after the federal president and the federal vice-president) was unprecedented and caused a legal earthquake on the Nigerian political landscape.

On November 16, 2015, Danladi Umar had issued warrants for the arraignment of six state former governors for falsifying their properties and personal wealth in their assets declaration forms, an offence under Nigerian laws.The implicated governors are from the North-Central, North-West, South-South and North-East zones of Nigeria.

The latest of such high profile cases of non declaration of assets is that of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen who he just convicted and banned from holding any public office for ten years.

Check out photos of Tinubu, Saraki, Orubebe and Onnoghen, all docked by the Code of Conduct Tribunal headed by Justice Danladi Umar.

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