Danladi Umar, the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), faces a five-year prison sentence, according to Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer. Umar used the term “Biafran boys” to describe people with whom he had an altercation.
Umar was captured on camera hitting a security guard at Banex Plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja, on Monday.
CCT spokesperson Ibraheem Al-Hassan said in a statement that the security guard was rude and stopped Umar from using a vacant parking space.
According to Al-Hassan, the guard threatened Umar, and some “Biafran people” harassed him as well.
Umar, according to the CCT spokesperson, was the one who asked him to use the phrase “Biafran boys” in the quote.
Falana said in a statement on Saturday that using the term is xenophobic and therefore violates the cybercrime rule.
“The use of the words “BIAFRA boys” in the statement (produced via a computer system or network) on the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal’s instructions and circulated to the media last week constitutes a contravention of section 26 of the Cybercrimes Act 2015, which prohibits the use of “racist or xenophobic material” in any written or printed material which supports, promotes or encourages the use of “racist or xenophobic material” in any written or printed.
“The individual who is accused of suggesting the use of xenophobic language risks being charged with a serious crime. The offence carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail and/or a fine of N10 million.”