The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has asked the State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko, to set up a seven-member panel to probe “alleged gross misconduct” against Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
The lawmakers took the decision during plenary yesterday, which lasted for about 20 minutes.
The lawmakers, it was gathered, left Abuja under heavy security escort in the early hours of Wednesday morning and arrived at the Assembly complex at about 5.50am.
The Majority Leader, Godiya Akwashiki (PDP- Udege/Loko), who moved the motion for the setting up of the probe panel, was seconded by Mohammed Baba-Ibaku (PDP- Udege -Uloko).
The Speaker, Musa Ahmed, put the motion to vote and 20 of the 24 members voted in favour; the remaining four All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers voted against the motion.
The speaker, therefore, directed the Clerk, Ego Maikeffi, to communicate the decision of the Assembly to the Chief Judge, saying that he has one week to constitute the panel.
It was gathered that the APC lawmakers attempted to snatch the symbol of authority of the Assembly, the mace, but were prevented by security operatives.
Meanwhile, Gov. Al-Makura has prevailed on the people, some of who had gathered at the Assembly complex, not to attack the lawmakers or take any action which could desecrate the Legislature
Security was strengthened on the road leading to the Assembly, with armed policemen and Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) stationed at strategic areas and within the Assembly complex.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Affairs, Abdulhamid Kwarra, said “What the governor did was to prevail on the people not to take any action to attack the lawmakers or desecrate the Legislature”.
Kwarra maintained that Governor Al-Makura was yet to be served with the “purported” impeachment notice.
He said when he gets the notice, he would respond appropriately.