Twelve out of the 24-member strong Kebbi State House of Assembly on Wednesday served an impeachment notice to the state governor, Saidu Usman Dakingari, whose tenure winds down on May 29.
The lawmakers, who a day earlier had purportedly impeached the Speaker, Mohammed Shalla and deputy, Mohammed Ja’afaru, rose from their emergency meeting on Tuesday night and constituted an impeachment committee which drafted a six-count charge against the governor.
The impeachment notice, which was signed by the lawmakers and made available to journalists, stated that the governor violated provision of Section 5(1) (a) of the Kebbi State Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Bureau Law 2008, which required the Chairman of the Bureau to be a retired Civil Servant.
The notice reads:
“But you appointed one Barr. Aminu Usman as Chairman of the Bureau, when was the Permanent Secretary/Solicitor General of the State Ministry of Justice. With this move, you have committed a gross misconduct.
“You Usman Nasamu Dakingari obtained a loan facility to the tune of N2billion from Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Support Fund set up by the Central Bank without obtaining necessary confirmation from the Kebbi State House of Assembly.
“You also violated section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) which enjoys you to ensure the existence of democratically elected Local Government Councils, but you continue to work with unelected local councils in the State.
“Between the period of January and April 2015, you misappropriated the sum of N1, 800,862,872.00K from the Kebbi State Government funds in the name of general election 2015 and there is no provision for that expenditure in the Appropriation Law 2015.
“Misappropriation of N965,000,000,00 during official visit of Mr. President, Vice President and First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between November 2014 and March 2015, and that Mr. Vice President and the First Lady did not make any official visit to Kebbi State within that period and thereby committed a gross misconduct.
“That you issue the renovation and furnishing of the Presidential Lodge and other government lodges at the cost of N558, 560,416.00 to unknown contractor in September 2014 and you wrongly inflated the cost to the tune of N788,813,490.54k from N1,347,373,906.54K”.