Elombah
Take a fresh look at your lifestyle.

Update: Appeal Court Nullifies Murtala Nyako’s impeachment

72

A Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has on Thursday, reversed the impeachment of former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

A Court of Appeal sitting in Yola has on Thursday, reversed the impeachment of former governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

The court cleared the former Governor from all impeachment offences saying that the impeachment was premised on impunity, recklessness, rascality and constituted a gross abuse of legislative powers.

It, therefore, ordered that Mr. Nyako be accorded all right of the office of the governor of Adamawa State through the period of office, and be paid all his entitlement as governor of the state while it lasted.

The court however, struck out Mr. Nyako’s appeal to be returned as governor of the state stating that his tenure as governor had elapsed.

The penal of five judges presided by Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey unanimously condemned in its totality the gross abuse of legislative powers by the Adamawa State House of assembly to achieve a premeditated and selfish agenda.

Governor Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa state house of Assembly on Tuesday 16th July, 2014 following allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the house of assembly prompting him to go to court to seek the enforcement of his fundamental human rights as he said the impeachment was carried out without recourse to rule of law.

The Judges in their various submission and contributions unanimously agreed that the impeachment of the governor was a misuse of the powers and privileges of the legislatures describing it “null, void and of no effect”.

In the lead judgment read by Justice Tunde Ayotoye, all the judges agreed that the appellant was not given fair hearing in the hearing of the impeachment claim against him.

Justice Tunde Ayotoye while reading his conclusion noted that the respondents took laws into their hands as they flagrantly abused the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to meet their whimsical and selfish desires.

While delivering her judgement, Justice Hannatu Sankey noted that the court as the last resort to Justice will not fold its arms and watch impunity being entrenched in the country.

She noted that the failure of the house of assembly to ignore the constitutional provision of personal service of impeachment notice on the former governor was a misnomer to the constitution which must be uprooted.

The court ordered that Nyako be accorded all rights of the office of the governor of Adamawa state throughout his legally recognized period in office even as the court struck out the appeal of Nyako to be returned as governor of the state as according to the Judges the tenure of Nyako as governor has elapsed .

The court condemned in strong terms the arrogance of the lawmakers and some politicians who flagrantly refused to obey court orders stopping them from going ahead with the impeachment process despite the order of the high court in Adamawa state stopping the move to set up a panel to investigate the governor.

Tho court however, struck out the appeal of Nyako to be returned as governor of the state as according to the Judges the tenure as governor has elapsed.

The court also condemns the arrogance of the 1st respondent and some politicians despite the order of the high court in Adamawa state stopping the move to set up a panel to investigate the governor. 

Counsel to Former Governor, Modibbo M. Bakari described Nyako to have now served the state meritoriously and honourably free from all forms of Impeachments offences from the date that he was sworn-in as a Governor to the date he was illegally impeached.

He also said that Umaru Fintiri and Bala Ngilari tenure as Governor of the state were considered and by the provisions of constitution and today’s judgement, their service was assumed to have not taken place at all.

© Copyright 2015 www.elombah.com. Send eyewitness accounts/reports/articles to publisher@elombah.com; follow us on twitter handle @Elombah; like our Facebook page: “Elombah.com”


© Copyright 2020 ElombahNews.

DISCLAIMER : Opinion articles are solely the responsibility of the author and does not necessarily reflect the views of the publishers of ElombahNews!
Would you like to be receiving ALL ElombahNews links ‘On The Go’ on WhatsApp Or Telegram? If yes, join us here on WhatsApp or Telegram, or provide us your Telephone number via publisher@elombah.com or sms/inbox +2349050382526 and you are good to go!
DOWNLOAD ElombahNews mobile app here
Send eyewitness accounts/ reports/ articles  to publisher@elombah.com; follow us on twitter @ElombahNews; like our Facebook page ElombahNews 

For adverts & inquiries, call +447460770987, +2349050382526

Comments are closed.