Nasarawa Assembly To Re-issue Governor Al-Makura Impeachment Notice As Fresh Allegation Arises

Nasarawa Assembly To Re-issue Governor Al-Makura Impeachment Notice As Fresh Allegation Arises

By News Desk | The Trent on September 1, 2014
Nasarawa Governor Al Makura

Feelers from Nasarawa over the weekend have it that the state house of assembly is all but set to re-issue Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura another impeachment notice as early as Monday, September 1, 2014.

The fresh allegation levied against Al-Makura is a constitutional breach by Justice Suleiman Dikko, the state’s chief judge in the composition of panel responsible for probing and acquitting Al-Makura of all his charges in the first impeachment row.

It was gathered that National Judicial Council (NJC) had been petitioned, accusing the chief judge of negating Section 188(5) of the 1999  constitution by including 2 partisan politicians and public office holder in the probe panel.

Vanguard reports:

The Assembly was also said to have drawn the attention of the NJC on other added issues on professional misconduct where the CJ was allegedly found culpable.

The petition includes a case whose judgment has been allegedly stalled by the CJ for over three years since the final submission by counsel as against the stipulated three months, citing personal interest as the motive behind the miscarriage of justice.

It  is being romoured that the CJ is expected to vacate office within the week either through suspension or any other means to pave the way for a new CJ expected to constitute a new panel of investigation.

The source, however, assured that the lawmakers were not going to interfere with the composition of the panel, but would object to any case of constitutional breach aimed at giving any party an undue advantage over another.

Additional allegations
Also, in the new petition to be served on Governor Al-Makura, findings revealed that additional allegations have been raised against the embattled governor who only a month ago had impeachment case against him by the same Assembly thrown out for want of evidence.

Al-Makura is alleged, in the new petition, to have spent over N300 million in excess of the N100 million approved by the lawmakers for Justice ministry for the execution of the Justice Joseph Fola Gbadeyan panel of inquiry into Alakyo killing of security operatives and other matters connected therewith.

It was claimed that as at the time of constituting the panel, over N26 million had been expended wondering how government financed the panel to the tune of N400 million.


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