The embattled Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako has been removed from office. He was impeached on Tuesday afternoon after the House considered the report of a seven-man panel constituted to investigate charges of financial impropriety against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.
The Deputy Governor however turned in his resignation just before the impeachment. His resignation was read at the plenary session of the Adamawa State House of Assembly by the Speaker, Umaru Fintiri and it was subsequently approved by the House.
The assembly on Tuesday commenced sitting to consider the report of the panel which was submitted amidst tight security on Monday evening.
As of the time of filing the report, the assembly complex had heavy security presence.
The Speaker of the state House of the Assembly, Fintiri, will be sworn-in as the acting governor of the state.
A fresh election will be organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) within 90 days in order to produce a substantive governor. The house sat and deliberated on the report of the seven-man investigative panel which sat and indicted Nyako ─ who did not make any attempt to defend himself.
Nyako had declared two days ─ July 7 and 8 ─ as public holiday apparently to stall the impeachment move, although the officially stated reason was for citizens of Adamawa to “pray and reflect” on the state of the state. The tenure of Justice Ambrose Mammadi as acting chief judge of the state ended on July 7 and it was thought that with him unable to inaugurate the panel on a public holiday, Nyako would be able to appoint a new CJ after the break.
It was alleged that the plan was to make the new CJ dissolve the panel set up by Mammadi and then appoint persons likely to clear Nyako of the allegations. However, the panel went ahead to sit, with the registrar of the state high court, Abubakar Babayola, saying the panel was not constitutionally required to be inaugurated.