Adamawa impeachment saga: Assembly defies court order

The Adamawa State lawmakers went ahead yesterday to deliberate on the impeachment of Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy, Mr James Ngilari despite the ruling of a competent court in Yola on Monday.

The House of Assembly, currently on two weeks recess, met yesterday, at a special session to adopt the rules and proceedings of the June 18, 2014, where the house directed its clerk, to serve the governor and his deputy, with the notices of financial misconduct through two national dailies.

The session was presided over by the deputy speaker, Mr Kwamoti La’ori, even as the speaker, majority leader, and other principal officers were absent.

At the plenary session, the member, representing Hong Constituency, Mr Wafama Amfari, raised an issue of constitutional matter to the effect that the decision of the House to serve Governor Nyako and his deputy, were purely for their alleged gross misconduct.

There and then, the deputy speaker, who presided at the sitting, Mr Kwamoti La’ori, invited the clerk of the House to come forward and furnish members with the resolution of the House on the June 18, 2014, which directed him to serve the governor and his deputy with the impeachment notice.

When the clerk, Mr Francis Gansenso, emerged, he told the House that he could not serve the governor and his deputy owing to the fact that they could not be located.

The clerk told the House that he had visited the offices of the governor and his deputy severally, but without positive results.

Meanwhile, a Yola High Court presided over by the acting Chief Judge, Mr Justice Ambrose Mamadi, has dismissed an application by the House of Assembly to serve Governor Nyako and his deputy the impeachment notice, through the media.

In the suit, the Assembly prayed the court to grant its application in the face that the governor and his deputy cannot be seem personally for them to receive the impeachment notice.

In his ruling, the acting Chief Judge ruled that in view of holding of the Supreme Court judgment in case of Inikojo and Adeleke to which I am bound, I refused to excise my discretion to grant the application sought by the House of Assembly.

The acting Chief Judge, Mr Justice Ambrose Mamadi, further that I resolved the issue for determination in the negative, I refused the application, it is accordingly dismissed.

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