The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday has affirmed that there was no strong evidence of corruption that could provide basis for the prosecution of the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Justice Danladi Umar.
The anti-graft body said the allegations against Mr. Umar were “suspicious” and “insufficient.”
In a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, the EFCC said Mr. Umar was being cleared the second time after its personnel carried out a thorough investigation on the petitions against the tribunal chairman.
The Head of Public Relations of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Ibraheem Al-hassan, who disclosed the details of the letter in a statement, said the EFCC was responding to the conclusion of a petition against Mr. Umar that he allegedly received a N10 million bribe from one Abdulrashid Owolabi.
Mr. Al-hassan quoted excerpts of the letter from the EFCC as saying, ‘‘We would like to reiterate the Commission’s position in regard to this matter as earlier communicated to you and stated that the allegations leveled against Justice Umar were mere suspicious and consequently insufficient to successfully prosecute the offence.”
The spokesperson for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed the letter.
Wednesday’s letter is the second written to federal authorities by the EFCC to clear Mr. Umar.