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Panel Dismisses All Charges Against Al-Makura
The seven-man panel set up by the Nasarawa State chief judge, Suleiman Dikko, to investigate corruption and maladministration allegations against governor Umaru Al-Makura, has dismissed all the charges.
Chairman of the panel, Yusuf Usman, made the announcement at the conclusion of proceedings held at the conference hall of the ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair, in Lafia, capital of Nasarawa State.
Usman said that although the Assembly made appearance through their legal representatives, it failed to prove the allegations against the governor.
The state House of Assembly was represented at the panel it said was unconstitutional by a legal team, while Governor Al-Makura was represented by a team of nine counsels.
Counsels to the House insisted that their appearance was in protest to the make-up of the panel which in their view was not suitable to sit over the case.
They raised three fundamental issues: that no member of the panel can be a card carrying member of a political party, that they cannot hold government appointment and that the panel does not have the power to set the rules of proceeding guiding the sitting.
The counsel accused two members of the seven-man panel, the chairman and Mohammed Sabo Keana, of being members of the PDP while also pointing out that Joel Galadima was on the payroll of the state government.
The charges by the state legislators against Al-Makura include missing local government joint account funds between June 2011 and April 2012; and from January to July, 2013.