The security guard assaulted by Danladi Umar, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) has rendered his own account of what transpired at Banex plaza on Monday.
Mr Umar who said he went to repair his malfunctioned telephone was caught in a video clip that circulated on social media slapping and kicking the poor guard who asked him to repark his vehicle at the premises.
Narrating what transpired, the CCT chief claimed he was the one assaulted by people whom he tagged as Biafra Boys, apparently to divert attention from his misconduct and play the ethnic card aimed at polarizing the incident.
In a telephone interview with TheCable, the guard who is now hospitalized after being brutalized said Umar threatened to jail him but for the intervention of persons nearby.
He said after the attack, the police ferried him to their station where he was forced to write a statement and was released after his lawyer and his manager were able to secure his bail late Monday evening.
“When he parked, I went to meet him and said, ‘oga, you parked on the road, adjust your car (because) even a car cannot be able to pass there.’ The man just came down from the car and slapped me,” the guard who rebuffed physically meeting a reporter of the online publication over security concerns narrated.
“His driver also came and joined hand to slap me. He pushed me to the ground and went to his vehicle to pick iron to come and hit me. That is when someone came and held his hand and told him, ‘upon all you are beating this guy, you want to use the iron to hit him’.
“From there, I called my supervisor to quickly come and see what is happening. When my supervisor came, he asked what was wrong and the man was saying he will not leave me. He sent the other man (his driver) to go to his house and bring DSS (Department of State Services) to come and jail me; he said he will jail me.
“When the DSS came, as I was trying to talk, he gave me a slap in their presence and said I should get down on my knees. When I knelt down, the man came with his leg and broke my mouth and my cheek. That was when I fell down.
“He (Umar) said he is going to jail me; that he has jailed lots of people and they cannot come out unless he says so. He said he is the one that is fighting Saraki and many people.
“I have an injury on my chest, my mouth and my neck. Since that Monday I have been in the hospital treating myself. I am even in the hospital now,” he added.