Court Dismisses Nyako’s Application Seeking To Restrain Assembly Members From Impeaching Him

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A High Court sitting in Yola has thrown out an application filed by the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, seeking to restrain the state House of Assembly from commencing impeachment process against him until the determination of the substantive suit.

Justice Ambrose Mamadi, who is the acting Chief Judge of the state, said this while ruling on the application filed by Kanu Agabi SAN, on behalf of Nyako on Thursday.

Mamadi in his ruling argued that the lawmakers did not breach any provisions of Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, NAN reports.

He added that the application was aimed to pre-empt the legislators, who had 24 hours earlier instructed the acting CJ to constitute a seven-man panel to investigate the 20 charges of gross misconduct levelled against the governor and another six counts of similar charges brought against the deputy governor.

Responding to the ruling counsel for Nyako, Agabi who was represented in court by Mr. Ayo Akam, said it did not affect the substantive suit.

It will be recalled that the state lawmakers had two weeks ago ordered the Clerk of the state House of Assembly to serve the impeachment notices on Nyako and his deputy.

When the clerk was finding it difficult to serve them the impeachment notices, the state House of Assembly did so through the media.

Nyako, in the eight-page impeachment notice, is accused of mismanagement of public funds.

However, the Adamawa State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Tahir Shehu, said, “The ruling has cleared the coast for the lawmakers to continue with their constitutional responsibilities of checkmating the activities of government officials in the state.”

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