Assault saga: CCT chairman asked me to use ‘Biafran boys’ in his response, says spokesman - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Assault saga: CCT chairman asked me to use ‘Biafran boys’ in his response, says spokesman

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Ibraheem Al-Hassan, spokesperson of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), says he was “under intense pressure” when he wrote the statement defending Danladi Umar, his boss, over the assault case against him.

In an interview with ICIR, he was quoted as saying it was Umar, the chairman of the CCT, who asked him to use “Biafran boys” in the statement.

The CCT boss was caught on camera beating a security man when he visited a popular plaza in Abuja.

But the guard was not only the victim over the development; the English language was also murdered in the statement which Al-Hassan issued in defence of the CCT chairman.

Grammatical errors such as “video cliff” instead of “video clip”;  “packing lot” instead of “parking lot”;  “rode” instead of “rude”; “fixe” instead of “fix” littered the statement.

According to the ICIR, Al-Hassan said the CCT was considering disowning the statement because of the controversy it has generated.

“He revealed that his boss instructed him to use ‘Biafran boys’ in the statement … the PRO said he later realised his mistake,” the media house wrote of the interview.

It further quoted the CCT spokesman to have said: “There’s a problem with that statement. In fact, we are about disowning it. We want to retract the content because it was written under intense pressure. I must confess to you, that is why there are many structural imbalances, language structure not being perfect and, again, some of the expressions used. I acted on instruction.

 “Now as I am speaking with you, I’m in my ministry. My ministry has summoned me for that statement.  My minister, so to say, through my director. So, I should be given some time to get this problem solved.”

“All the grammatical errors and what have you were not noted. I did not proofread it, I was in the car when I composed it with my android (phone).”