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Adamawa Assembly Continues Move To Impeach Gov Nyako, Deputy

Despite the ruling of a court in Yola on Monday, Adamawa State lawmakers went on to deliberate on the impeachment of governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, James Ngilari.

The House, currently on two weeks recess, met on Monday, at a special session to adopt the rules and proceedings of its June 18, 2014, where the members directed its clerk to serve the governor and his deputy, with the notices of financial misconduct through two national dailies.

The session was presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Kwamoti La’ori, as the Speaker, Majority Leader, and other principal officers were absent.

At the plenary session, the member representing Hong Constituency, Wafama Amfari, raised an issue of constitutional matter to the effect that the decision of the House to serve Governor Nyako and his deputy, were purely for their alleged gross misconduct.

La’ori then invited the clerk of the House, Francis Gansenso, to come forward and furnish members with the resolution of the House on the June 18, 2014, which directed him to serve the governor and his deputy with the impeachment notice.

When Gansenso emerged, he told the House that he could not serve the governor and his deputy owing to the fact that they could not be located.

The clerk told the House that he had visited the offices of the governor and his deputy several times but without positive results.

However, a Yola High Court presided over by the acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mamadi, has dismissed an application by the House of Assembly to serve Governor Nyako and his deputy the impeachment notice through the media.

In the suit, the Assembly prayed the court to grant its application in the face that the governor and his deputy cannot be seen personally for them to receive the impeachment notice.

In refusing the application, Justice Mamadi said he was bound by a previous judgment of the Supreme Court judgment in case of Inikojo and Adeleke.

Meanwhile, a group, Adamawa Progressive Movement, APM, has condemned moves by members of the state House of Assembly to impeach Nyako, saying that the plot was aimed at further destabilising the state.

A former lawmaker in the state, Mijinyawa Kugama, called for the arrest of the Speaker of the House, Umaru Fintiri, for contempt of court.

According to him, the action of the lawmakers is unconstitutional and they should not be allowed to go scot free to serve as a deterrent to others.