Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako and the state acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi are in a battle of wits as moves to impeach the governor and his deputy, Bala Ngilari, were stepped up at the weekend.
The Adamawa acting CJ, has scheduled today for the swearing in of a seven-man committee he set up to investigate the alleged acts of gross misconduct and misappropriation leveled against Governor Nyako and his deputy by the state House of Assembly.
This development was contained in a press statement issued over the weekend in which the CJ said the swearing in will take place by 9am, today before the expiration of his tenure tomorrow.
But in a swift counter move, Governor Nyako declared today and tomorrow (7th-8th of July, 2014) as work free days in the state.
The Chief of Staff to the governor, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abba, disclosed the development in a press release, saying the gesture was to enable the people of Adamawa state to reflect on the current happenings in the country.
Abba explained further that, the two days’ vacation will also enable workers (civil servants) to reflect on the current challenges facing the state, especially the ongoing political squabble barring the state government from paying their June salaries, so that they can offer special prayers for peace in the state and country at large.
Unconfirmed reports revealed that Justice Mammadi, raised and published the list of the seven-man committee to investigate the governor and his deputy under duress.
A visit to the residence of the acting chief judge by our correspondent in Yola located at Masakare in Jimeta, confirmed that armed soldiers were on patrol along the short street.
It was alleged that the seven-man investigation panel was selected and sent to the acting CJ by the House of Assembly for ratification and announcement.