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LEGISLATORS in the Nasarawa State House of
Assembly on Monday adopted alleged
impeachment offences to be served on
Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

The development coincided with the submission
of the report of the panel that investigated
impeachment allegations against Adamawa
State Governor, Murtala Nyako.
Both Al-Makura and Nyako belong to the
opposition All Progressives Congress.
Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of
Assembly, Alhaji Musa Ahmed, on Monday,
directed the Clerk of the House to serve the
governor with notice of impeachment for acts
of gross misconduct.
The Speaker’s directive followed a motion of
public interest raised by the Deputy Majority
Leader of the House, Mr.Yahaya Usman (PDP-
Umaisha/Ugya), during the house plenary in
Lafia.
The lawmaker presented a document
containing allegations of gross misconduct
against the governor, which he said was signed
by 20 of the 24 members of the Assembly.
He said “I am on my feet to raise a motion
under a matter of public interest and I will go
direct to read the document I have in my
hand. This is a notice of impeachment of
Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State
for gross misconduct.
“And for the violation of the Constitution of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended,
today being the 14th July, 2014, the 20
members of the 24 members of this House
unanimously endorsed to serve Governor
Tanko Al-Makura notice of impeachment.”
The Chief Whip of the House, Mr. Mohammed
Okpede, (PDP-Doma North), seconded the
motion to serve Al-Makura with the
impeachment notice over alleged misconduct.
Alhaji Musa Ahmed (PDP-Nasarawa Central),
who doubles as the Speaker of the House,
officially received the impeachment notice and
noted that the House had complied with the
provision of the constitution to serve the
governor with an impeachment notice.
The Speaker subsequently directed the Clerk to
serve the impeachment notice on Al-Makura on
Monday.
He said, “While in the event that the governor
could not be reached for service, the clerk is
directed to serve him with the impeachment
notice through the media.”
The Chairman, House Committee on
Information and Security, Baba Ibaku, told The
PUNCH that the governor had siphoned state
funds and should not be allowed to continue
as the chief security officer of the state.
Ibaku, who represents Loko/Udege
constituency, alleged that Al-Makura had spent
over N2bn from the local government joint
account without recourse to due process.
He said the governor allegedly used one Mr.
Usman Saraki as a front to swindle the state of
over N800m as a consultant to SUBEB. He also
said over N700m was missing from the SURE-P
accounts.
He said the governor had sacked over 10,000
workers from the state payroll without
following due process.
“The governor has gone beyond his
constitutional boundaries and must face the
law like every other Nigerian because he is not
sacrosanct to the constitution of our land,”
Ibaku declared.
The state chairman of the APC, Philip Shekwo,
said the party would respond at the
appropriate time.
Also reacting to the impeachment notice, the
Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in
the state, Yunna Iliya, said he had not been
briefed about any impeachment notice to the
governor.
In Adamawa, however, the seven-man panel
set up by the former acting Chief Judge of the
state, Justice Ambrose Mamedi, to investigate
the alleged gross misconduct levelled against
Nyako and his Deputy, Mr. Bala Ngalari,
submitted its report on Monday.
The report, in four volumes, has been
forwarded by the panel chairman, Mallam
Buba Kaigama to the Speaker of the state
House of Assembly, Ahmadu Fintiri.
While receiving the report, the Speaker
congratulated members of the panel for being
found worthy of handling such a sensitive
assignment.
Fintiri said, “I assure you the committee
members and the people of Adamawa State
that the Assembly will consider the report
meticulously at the plenary in due course
before deciding on the next course of action.”
Earlier while presenting copies of the report to
the House, Kaigama expressed gratitude to the
lawmakers for the opportunity given to him
and members of his panel to serve the state.
The panel chairman lamented that the
respondents, namely Governor Murtala Nyako
and his Deputy, Bala Ngilari, did not show up
during the panel’s sitting; neither did they
send representatives.
The outgone acting Chief Judge of the state had
constituted the probe panel to investigate
allegations of misconduct against the governor
and his deputy based on a request by the
House of Assembly.

_PUNCH

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