Nasarawa Assembly asks Chief Judge to constitute panel

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Jul 24th, 2014
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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has asked the Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to constitute a seven-man panel to probe “alleged gross misconduct” against Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

The lawmakers took the decision during plenary yesterday, which lasted for about 20 minutes.

The lawmakers, it was gathered, left Abuja at about 2am, arrived at the Assembly complex at about 5.50am.

Some of the lawmakers observed their morning prayers (Subh) before heading to the Assembly Complex.

The Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki (PDP- Udege/Loko) moved the motion for the setting up of the probe panel. He was seconded by Mohammed Baba-Ibaku (PDP- Udege -Uloko).

The Speaker, Musa Ahmed, put the motion to vote and 20 of the 24 members voted in favour; the All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers voted against the motion.

The Assembly, therefore, directed the Clerk, Ego Maikeffi, to communicate the decision to the Chief Judge, saying that he has one week to constitute the panel.

It was gathered that the APC lawmakers attempted to snatch the mace but were prevented by security operatives.

But the governor prevailed on the people, some of who had gathered at the Assembly complex, not to attack the lawmakers or take any action which could desecrate the Legislature

Security was strengthened on the road leading to the Assembly, with armed policemen and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) stationed at strategic areas and within the Assembly.

The legislature, on July 14, resolved to serve notice of impeachment for “alleged gross misconduct” on the governor.

The development led to state-wide protests in major towns in the state, causing tension in Lafia, the state capital.

The Assembly published the notice in the media on July 17, after alleged failed attempts by the Clerk to personally serve the governor with the impeachment notice.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, Abdulhamid Kwarra, said Governor Al-Makura was yet to be served with the “purported” impeachment notice.

He said when he gets the notice, he would respond appropriately.

A source said: “The governor has assembled a legal team to study the dawn session of the Assembly and the legality of its resolution when he has not been served an impeachment notice.

“So, the battle is shifting to the court any moment from now as soon as the strike action by judicial workers is called off.

“What the governor did was to prevail on the people not to take any action to attack the lawmakers or desecrate the Legislature.”


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