This Day (Lagos)

4 August 2014

Nigeria: Panel Begins Trial of Governor Tanko Almakura

The chances that Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State may after all escape the impeachment procedure brought against him by 20 People Democratic Party (PDP) members Nasarawa State House of Assembly got a boost Monday in Lafia when the members of the assembly did not show up or sent representative before the investigative panel led by Alhaji Yusuf Usman.

The panel chairman who read out the procedure guiding the seating of the panel had stipulated among some of the guidelines that all parties to the case must appear either in persons or through representative observed after asking repeatedly if the assembly members were in the hall that the Nasarawa assembly had neither come in persons or sent a representative.

This forced the panel to adjoin the seating after a brief presentation by Governor Almakura . It was feared earlier that members of the assembly would likely not attend the sitting following their objection to the composition of the panel which the alleged is partisan and had sought the state Chief Judge Suleiman Dikko to disband.

The Nasarawa government had however berated the house for such action describing it as unconstitutional . The seven member panel includes, Yusuf Usman, chairman, Mohammed Keana, Joel Galadima, Abdul Usman, Samuel Chaku, Mohammed Usman, and Daniel Chaga.

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