Appeal Court Nullifies Nyako’s Impeachment But Refuses To Return Him As Adamawa Governor

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Murtala Nyako-Judiciary

The Yola Division of Federal Court of Appeal, Adamawa State, yesterday, nullified the impeachment of Former Governor Murtala Nyako.

The five Judges led by Justice Jumai Hannatu Sankey in a unanimous judgment, described Nyako’s impeachment as a high level of impunity, recklessness, rascality and a constituted gross of legislative powers by the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

Justice Jumai Hannatu Sankey, in her lead judgment noted the court as the last arbiter would not fold its arms and watch impunity being entrenched in the country.

She noted that the decision of the House of Assembly to ignore the constitutional provision of personal service of impeachment notice on the former governor was a misnomer to the constitution which must be uprooted.

The court, therefore, ordered that Nyako be accorded all rights of the office of the governor of Adamawa State throughout his legally recognized period in office.

The court, however, struck out the appeal of Nyako to be returned as governor of the state. According to the court, the tenure of Nyako as governor had elapsed.

Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday July 16, 2014 following allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House of Assembly. Jauro, Biobele Abraham Georgewill and O.A. Ogakwu.

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