Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa who has been battling with impeachment procedures with the states house of assembly has on Monday, August 4, 2014 appeared before the impeachment panel set up to look into charges of misappropriation levelled against him.
The state has been torn into two parts following the announcement of impeachment proceedings against the governor as protests has broken out in parts of the state.
The governor however has said his innocence will be proven at the panel, which warranted his appearance before the 7-man panel.
The Cable reports:
“I have made up my mind to appear before the panel of inquiry constituted in accordance with the constitution of Nigeria to clear myself of any allegation against me and to publish the outcome on any medium I will choose at the end,” Al-Makura had said while receiving a delegation that paid him a visit during Ramadan.
He matched his words with action by arriving at the venue of the panel in Lafia on Monday, August 4, 2014 – a stark contrast to the manner in which Murtala Nyako, his Adamawa counterpart, shunned the panel constituted to probe the allegations against him.
On Saturday, August 2, 2014 governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, had spoken of Al-Makura’s refusal of an offer to assist him.
“On our volition, we suggested to him to allow us mobilise our foot soldiers; he refused,” Kwankwaso said.
“We also appealed to him to allow us come in physically. He refused, always distancing himself from such expertise that would assist him.”
Following a directive of the state house of assembly, the chief judge of Nasarawa state, Justice Suleiman Dikko, constituted the panel, chaired by Mr. Yusuf Usman, on Friday, July 25, 2014.