Adamawa Impeachment: Panel Indicts Nyako, Clears Deputy
Although the report of the impeachment panel constituted to investigate the allegations leveled against Governor Murtala Nyako is yet to be made official, indications have emerged that the panel has indicted the governor in its report.
It also emerged that while the governor was indicted by the panel, his deputy, Bala James Ngilari was cleared of the allegations even though both of them failed to honour the panel’s invitation.
According to Vanguard:
A top government official, who is privy to the work of the seven-man panel said that the report concluded that Nyako was guilty and should be removed but did not indict Ngilari.
The source said: “What we have is that the panel has already passed a guilty verdict on the governor but we have not heard anything concerning the deputy governor.
“In any case, the verdict of the panel, which was set up under duress is not surprising to the governor since we had already known and seen their handwriting on the wall before they began their work,” the official said.
Apparently angered and jostled by the verdict of the panel, the governor, it was learnt learnt, has already filed an appeal at the Abuja Division of the Appeal Court against the procedure adopted by the House of Assembly to impeach him.
In the appeal, which is being handled by a fiery Lagos-based lawyer, Nyako is challenging the violation of the impeachment procedure as outlined in Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution.
In the main, the governor is claiming that it was a violation of the law for the lawmakers not to personally serve him the notice of impeachment as enshrined in the law but went ahead with the proceedings without satisfying the vital condition.
Similarly, the governor is challenging the decision of the then acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, who had ordered the House of Assembly not to proceed with the impeachment proceedings without personally serving the governor and his deputy only for him to reverse himself by setting up a probe panel a day after.
It was also gathered that some loyalists of Nyako had petitioned the National Judicial Council, NJC, to investigate the action of the Adamawa CJ, whose three months’ tenure lapsed last week, over his conduct in the impeachment saga.
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