Nasarawa: Al-Makura challenges impeachment process in court

The impeachment notice was served through the media.

Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has filed a suit at the State High Court challenging the State House of Assembly for serving him an impeachment notice through the media.

Mr. Al-Makura filed the case a few minutes after he appeared before the seven-member panel constituted by the state chief judge, Suleiman Dikko, to investigate the 16-count charges of corruption levelled against him by the state assembly.

He asked the court to nullify the impeachment notice served on him through the media.

The state attorney general, Innocent Lagi, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that they were in court to challenge the entire process for non-compliance with section 188 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

“Our prayer is to nullify the impeachment notice itself from the beginning, for non-compliance with the provision of Section188. We are challenging the entire process because it seeks to muzzle the constitution into self-service rather than accommodating all parties,” he said.

He disclosed that the matter was yet to be assigned to a judge and that Mr. Al-Makura only appeared before the panel to clear his name of the allegation because it was made public

“The allegations were made public. In as much as it is unconstitutional, it is important that the governor reacts to allegations; not conceding to the procedure and proceedings,” he explained.

Governor Al-Makura, appearing before the seven-man panel, vowed to defend his integrity.
He said that the 16-count impeachment charges were spurious and unfounded and that he would defend himself at the appropriate time.

He asked the panel to dismiss the allegations by the lawmakers.


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