21 July 2014

Nigeria: Nasarawa Assembly May Impeach Al-Makura From Abuja

Indications emerged yesterday that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has hatched plans to impeach Governor Tanko Al-Makura from Abuja.

A credible source, who craved anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, revealed the development to LEADERSHIP last night, saying that the lawmakers resorted to operating from Abuja to avoid distraction following public outcry by Nasarawa citizens against their plot to remove the governor.

When reminded that the Supreme Court had ruled that a governor's impeachment proceedings must be carried out in the state's assembly complex and not otherwise, the source added: "All I can tell you is that the impeachment will be executed in Abuja for certain strategic reasons."

The Nasarawa lawmakers had on Monday, July 14, 2014, sat for 15 minutes and passed a resolution to serve an impeachment notice on the governor. It further directed the clerk of the assembly to serve the governor with the notice, directing that if he was unable to serve Al-Makura personally, he should do so through the media.

No going back on Al-Makura's impeachment - Nasarawa Assembly

Meanwhile, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has declared that it will not reconsider its resolve to impeach Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura if he does not give satisfactory answers to the allegations of misappropriation and constitutional breach levelled against him.

The chairman, House Committee on Information and Security, Hon. Mohammed Baba Ibaku, who stated this yesterday in Lafia, said no amount of demonstration and protest would deter the Assembly from carrying out its constitutional obligation.

"We are not going to reconsider our decision because it is not based on any sentiment," he stressed, adding "the fact that he (Al-Makura) paid people to dance on the streets is far from addressing the issue at hand".


Nigeria's Human Rights Activists in History

Nigeria has been blessed with men and women, that have over the years kept sterling records in the pursuit of social… Read more »

Copyright © 2014 Leadership. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,200 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.