The Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Tuesday claimed a security guard at Banex Plaza, Abuja who was captured on camera being assaulted by the CCT chairman Danladi Umar was rude.
In a viral five-minute video, Mr Umar is seen slapping and kicking the guard.
CCT spokesman Ibraheem Al-Hassan accused the guard of being rude and issuing a threat against Umar following an altercation between them over a parking space on the plaza’s premises on Monday.
“Though the chairman didn’t identify himself, because, to him, it was needless, and it was a place he visited often, the boy was rude in his approach and threatened to deal with the chairman if he refused to leave the scene,” Mr Al-Hassan stated.
Narrating how the incident happened, the official said the plaza had been Umar’s “usual place of visits for the past 18 years for shopping and repairs of his phones” and he had never had any dispute with anyone during any of his visits to the place.
“Unfortunately, yesterday’s (Monday’s) altercations started over a parking lot, which the chairman met vacant and it was directly opposite a shop where he wanted to make a purchase and to fix his phone when the young security guard sighted him and ordered that the chairman should not park his car in that particular empty space,” the statement added.
Al-Hassan did not deny that the CCT chairman assaulted the security guard, but said Umar was assaulted by “some miscreants” whom he said ordered the closure of the gate “before the arrival of police team from Maitama Police Station.”