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Published On: Mon, Jul 14th, 2014

Impeachment: Adamawa Assembly drops 5 charges for lack of merit

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Gov NyakoFrom Umar Dankano, Yola.

Some of the allegations of financial misconduct leveled against the Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako, and his deputy, Bala Ngillari, have been dropped.

Our correspondent reported that shortly after the seven-man panel probing allegations of gross misconduct against the two top officials winded up its sittings at the weekend, some allegations were noticed to have been dropped.

Specifically,  five out of the 20 allegations against the governor were abandoned, including one involving former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Yola, due to lack of evidence.

In the list of the allegations, that which involved Buhari’s visit appeared as number three out of the 20 allegations against Governor Nyako.

The Assembly had claimed that the sum of N120 million public funds was diverted “to sponsor fictitious visit of Gen Muhammadu Buhari to Adamawa state, to commiserate with victims of insurgency in Madagali and Michika local government areas”.

Barr Leonard Nzadon, Counsel representing the Assembly, however announced the abandoning of the allegation, while summing up his presentation before the panel over the weekend. He also listed allegation number five among those dropped by the Assembly.

The 5th allegation by the House claimed that  Nyako fraudulently awarded a contract “of over N8 billion through SNECOU Group of Companies Ltd, a company linked to one of the governor’s wives, to siphon public funds without delivering any services to the people of Adamawa state”.

Nzadon however argued that the governor would be guilty of breaching Section 188 of the Constitution, even if only one of the remaining allegations which were backed by oral, written and video evidences were proven.

“We submit with greatest respect that there is abundant proof before this panel that there is grave violation of the Constitution, breach of the Constitution and misconduct within the meaning of Section 188 sub section 11 of the 1999 Constitution as amended”, the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, Governor Nyako, at the weekend, restated his commitment towards an enduring peace in the state, saying that he has forgiven all Abuja based politicians that were behind the impeachment saga, even as he has joined all well meaning citizens of the state to pray to God to also forgive them for all their machinations to plunged the state into ethnic and religious tension.

Nyako, who played host to a group of youths and women led by Hajiya Hauwa Abba to identify with him, attributed the impeachment imbroglio to those he described as “unpatriotic politicians” that hid themselves under the canopy of elders of the state to cause disaffection among good people.

“I will continue to keep faith with the social contract I have with the people of Adamawa state and nothing will deter me from identifying with the people of Adamawa”, Nyako said.

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