Nasarawa: Lawmakers Petitions NJC
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday resolved to report the state Chief Judge, Suleiman Dikko, to the National Judicial Council, NJC, over alleged lacuna in setting up the panel that investigated Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, on alleged gross misconduct.
The Assembly made the resolution during its plenary session following a motion to that effect moved by the Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki (PDP Nasarawa Eggon- West) and seconded by the deputy house leader, Yahaya Usman (PDP Umasha/ Ugya) at the House of Assembly complex, Lafia, the state capital.
The resolution was passed shortly after the lawmakers returned from their recess to continue with the remaining part of the legislative year consequent upon which it directed the clerk of the house to write a letter to that effect to the NJC within 24 hours.
Proceedings of the plenary session began at 10:40 a.m when the Majority Leader raised a motion under section 4 of the order paper of the day under matters of public interest saying, “We have meet here today to observe certain lacuna to the setting up of the panel which investigated the governor.
Therefore, there is the need to write to the NJC to investigate the Chief Judge within 24 hours in order to avoid the breakdown of law and other in the state.”
In a submission to that motion, Francis Orogu (PDP Keana) viewed the motion as desirable hence according to him, “the state Chief Judge has abused his oath of office and joined forces with others to frustrate the process of enacting the rule of law in the state.”
Passing the motion, the Speaker, Ahmed Musa Mohammed, ruled that “the motion is hereby passed and the Clerk of the Assembly is hereby directed to act accordingly within 24 hours of the passage of the resolution.”
Similarly, the state Assembly at the same plenary sitting suspended one of its members, Tanko Tunga (APC Awe North), on allegation of casting aspersion on the state’s legislative body for six months and placed him on half salary during the period.
The motion that led to the suspension of the Awe North representative was moved by Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP Udegye/Loko) after seeking the stepping down of section 14 subsection 3 of the house code which prohibits the deliberation of two issues on matters of public interest for sitting.
The motion of Baba Ibaku, which was seconded by the majority leader of the house, wanted Tunga suspended because “ he (Tunga) had on July 23, 2014 obstructed the business of the Assembly by pushing the Speaker, tampering with mace, crying in the hallowed chamber of the Assembly when he was not beaten and casting aspersion on the lawmaker on the state-owned broadcasting outfit.”
Hitherto, Ibaku had wanted the lawmaker to be suspended for six months and placed on half salary, visit a psychiatric for test and barred from sittings at the Assembly premises till he completes his suspension.