There was drama at the Adamawa State Government House, yesterday, when some state commissioners and other top government officials were physically manhandled by supporters of Governor Murtala Nyako for allegedly working with the members of the House of Assembly to impeach the governor and his deputy, Mr James Ngilari.
Some of those attacked included the Commissioner for Labour and Productivity, Hamidu Lawan, his counterpart in the Ministry of Environmnt, Mrs Arziki Sawa as well as the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Lucy Ishaku among other top government officials.
Trouble started for the commissioners and other top government officials moments after Nyako arrived Government House and the top officials were spotted trooping in to show solidarity with him.
However, the governor’s supporters were said to have accused the embattled commissioners and top government officials of allegedly back-stabbing Nyako and Ngilari as the impeachment moves gathered momentum.
’’You are saboteurs! You are saboteurs!! rented the air as the commissioners were manhandled one after the other, thereby causing confusion and commotion within the Government House. .
Apart from physically beating up the commissioners, some of them had their official vehicles either smashed or burnt.
The House of Assembly had on Tuesday asked the state Acting Chief Judge to constitute a seven-man impeachment panel to investigate a 20-point allegations of financial fraud and mismanagement made against him by 20 out of the 25 members assembly.
… As Adamawa CJ sets up seven-man Committee to investigate Nyako, Deputy
The Acting Chief Judge of Adamawa State , Justice Ambrose Mammadi, has set up a seven- man committee to investigate the alleged gross misconduct and misappropriation levelled against Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy Bala James Ngillari .
The judge said his action was based on the power conferred on him by the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended to set a seven man committee to investigate the allegations of misconduct by the Adamawa State House of Assembly against the governor and his deputy.
The names of the committee members were announced by the Chief Registrar of the Yola High Court , Abubakar Babayola on behalf of the acting Chief Judge of the state.
The names of the committee members include Buba Kaigama (chairman of the committee, Mrs Laraba Hassan ,Saadu Lawan, Gapsiso Eston, Joshua Abu, Njida Kito and Eston Binano.
The committee is set to be inaugurated on Monday and to begin work immediately.