By Nuel Suji, Abuja – The House of Representatives has directed investigation into the allegations of corruption levelled against the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Yakubu Umar.
The House directed its Committee on Public Petitions to investigate Mr. Umar following a petition by a group, Anti-Corruption Network.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the petition to the committee after it was ‘laid on the table’ by Rima Shawulu.
The Anti-Corruption Network was founded by Dino Melaye, a senator who was also a member of the House.
Mr. Melaye is a staunch supporter of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki who is facing trial before the Code of Conduct Tribunal over allegations of false asset declaration.
Mr. Melaye has also been mobilising support against the trial of the senate president.
The group, in its petition, accused Mr. Umar withdrawing N1 million in July 2011 from the coffers of the CCT his own wedding.
He was also accused of spending N15.2 million to purchase a Toyota Prado sport utility vehicle “without following due process”.
Mr. Umar was further accused among other things, of awarding contracts for the supply of office furniture and fittings at N11.3 million.