Adamawa State House of Assembly Commences Impeachment Proceedings Against Governor Nyako, Deputy
The Adamawa State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Murtala Nyako, and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.
The Assembly on Wednesday directed its clerk to serve Messrs Nyako and Ngilari impeachment notices.
Mr. Nyako has been having a running battle with the lawmakers since he left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join the All Progressives Congress.
The political landscape in the state tensed up last Wednesday when the Assembly ordered the arrest of four commissioners for their failure to appear before the lawmakers to failing to appear before the House to answer questions on the state’s finances.
At plenary that Thursday, the Deputy Speaker, Kwamoti Laori (PDP-Numan), who presided, directed the state Commissioner of Police to arrest commissioners who failed to show up and bring them before the house on Monday by 10 am.
The affected commissioners were that of agriculture, Lucy Ishaku; health, Lilian Stephen; commerce, Ahmed Gorko; and land and survey, Abdulrahman Shuaibu.
The Assembly, which acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Secretary to the State Government, Kobis Thimnu, over his inability to honour the Thursday invitation, asked him to appear unfailingly on Monday.
The commissioner for Finance, Ibrahim Vokna, his counterpart for Works, Umaru Atiku, and the state Accountant General, Nasir Mohammed, had earlier appeared before the house.
The Assembly had on May 27 gave Mr. Nyako and his government an ultimatum of three days to pay back an alleged illegal deductions made from workers’ salaries and allowances of May 2014 in the state.
The development fueled speculation in the state that the Assembly was bent on sacking the governor.
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