Nasarawa Assembly rejects panel’s ruling on Al-makura

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has said there is no going back on impeachment process against their governor. The house has rejected the verdict of the seven-man panel that dismissed its allegations against Governor Tanko Al-Makura.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, Baba Ibaku, who stated this in an interview with our correspondent, in Lafia on Wednesday, said there was no going back on the impeachment move against the governor.

He said the panel set up by the Chief Judge, Justice Umaru Dikko, to investigate 16-count charge against the governor breached of Section 188 Subsection (5) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.He, therefore, described the sitting of the panel as illegal.

Ibaku said the lawmakers did not know whether there was any sitting of the panel on Tuesday or not.

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The lawmaker stated, “As far as we are concerned, there is no seven-man panel that is investigating Governor Al-Makura because we had earlier asked the state Chief Judge to disband the panel.

“We sent our legal team to appear before the panel yesterday
(Tuesday) and we instructed them to simply tell the chairman of the panel, Yusuf Shehu Usman, that we (the lawmakers) only appeared through our legal team to register our protest against the composition of the panel because the members of the panel are political office holders.”

He added, “We will go ahead with our moves to impeach Governor Al-Makura and nothing will stop us, no matter what it entails. We are going to file a case before the law court as soon as we finish our deliberation.” The governor, however, lauded the decision of the judicial panel.

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Al-Makura, who gave the commendation in an interview with journalists in Lafia, described the outcome of the panel as victory for democracy.

He said, “My victory is for the rule of law. I am sure the people of goodwill and the people of Nasarawa State, even without coming to the tribunal, know who the governor is and what he could do and what he could not do. My vindication is for the good people of Nasarawa State.”

While dedicating the victory to people of the state, he urged them to be on the right side of the law.

He also commended the role played by the team of his legal experts But the legal adviser to the outlawed Ombatse militia group, Zachariah Allumaga, condemned the seven-man panel for dismissing the allegations against the governor.

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According to him, Al-Makura has been using the instruments of state powers to the disservice of the people.

He said, “The governor has always, since assumption of office as governor, been the judge in his own case.”

Allumaga, who also spoke on the matter in Lafia, argued further that the lawmakers were on course and that they would go ahead with their actions in the spirit of the Constitution.