Nasarawa Assembly wants state Chief Judge punished; suspends APC lawmaker

Tanko Al-Makura, governor of Nasarawa state

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has passed a resolution directing the clerk of the House, Maikeffi Ego, to petition the National Judicial Council [NJC] asking the commission to punish the state chief Judge, Justice Suleiman Dikko.

The House also suspended Tanko Tunga [APC, Awe North constituency] over alleged gross misconduct and attempt to disrupt the House sitting during the last sitting of the Assembly.

Mr. Tunga is to remain suspended for six months and would be paid half salary during the period.

The lawmakers, who have been staying in Abuja since the beginning of the impeachment saga, arrived the assembly around 9.30 a.m. in a convoy of over 17 vehicles and escorted by security operatives.

Few minutes before their arrival, 17 Hilux vans packed with security operatives, took over the premises of the state assembly. An armoured personnel carrier was also stationed within the premises.

The lawmakers upon arrival, and on their way to the Assembly, were welcomed and cheered by a mammoth crowd of supporters at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) along Jos road Lafia.

After an executive session, the House dissolved into plenary. First it suspended its rule to allow the presentation of two issues of public interest — the motion on the state chief Judge and the suspension of Mr. Tunga.

The sitting, which was attended by 18 of the 20 PDP lawmakers and the House minority leader, Adamu Maikatako (APC, Lafia Central], had only those two motions in the order paper.

The motion on the chief judge, moved by the House majority leader, Godiya Akwashiki [PDP Nasarawa Eggon West constituency] concerned the composition of the seven-man panel by Justic Dikko to investigate the alleged 16-count impeachment charges leveled against Governor Umaru Tanko Al – Makura.

Moving the motion, Mr. Akwashiki said the action of the chief judge on the composition of the seven-man panel contradicted section 188, subsection 5 of the Nigerian constitution.

He said that despite a resolution of the House urging the chief judge to disband the panel over the inclusion of card-carrying members of a political party and a government employee, the Chief Judge failed to reconstitute the panel.

The motion, which was seconded by Yahaha Usman [PDP, Toto Umaisha constituency], was unanimously passed by the house.

The motion for the suspension of Mr. Tunga was brought by Baba Ibaku [PDP, Udege look constituency].

Mr. Ibaku, who is chairman of the House committee on Information, said the conduct of the APC lawmaker at the last sitting of the House was against the Assembly rule.

He alleged that the suspended lawmaker attempted to steal the mace, which is the authority of the House, and in the process pushed the Speaker, Musa Ahmed Mohammed [PDP, Nasarawa Central].

The motion was seconded by Agyo Mesa, representing Lafia North.

The suspended member, who represents Awe South, was placed on half salary and is to serve six-month suspension.

The speaker, Mr. Mohammed, directed the clerk to petition the NJC on Justice Dikko and communicate Mr. Tunga on his suspension.

The House then adjourned to Tuesday at

The lawmaker’s next move against Governor Al-Makura is unclear. But there have been reports that the PDP legislators were bent on removing the governor from office even after the investigative panel that probed allegations of gross misconduct against him cleared him.

Mr. Al-Makura’s party, the All Progressives Congress [APC] had on Sunday condemned the renewed plan by the Assembly to impeach the governor, saying the state lawmakers were bent on thumbing their nose at the Constitution in their desperation to remove Mr. Al-Makura.


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  • wode

    I pray that there won’t be another bloodshed in the state on this political desperation.

    • redeem

      Which bloodshed——-are u talking about–again?—-when government sent soldiers to Osun to keep the peace–APC was all over the place questioning the rationale behind it–because theirs is to see blood flow everywhere they are found in the north via the their janjaweeds in boko haram—————from Borno to adamawa–its the same story–blood- tears ati sorrows——————-

      • Dan Fulani

        You forgot to mention armed robbery, kidnappings, cultism,drunkenness,oil theft,and above all bad leadership. Up Ebola Jonny.

        • redeem


          • Shehu


          • redeem

            @wahala the civil war is over and done with–grow up–stop using fulani names to post comments-

          • Ide4u

            God gave you a dull brain for a reason!!

  • Conrad

    This is a lawful step in the right direction. The Nasarawa Chief Justice, Suleiman Dikko, acted irresponsibly to disregard an express notice that some members of the 7-man Panel he instituted are card-carrying members of a political party contrary to the 1999 Constitution. He was not acting judicially by disregarding the law on that point. The National Judicial Council should send Chief Justice Suleiman Dikko packing forthwith. He remains an outlaw in the eyes of the law.

    • redeem

      The chief justice is a big fat goat-sadly he has the support of APC which often threaten people who reveal their short-comings to the public with libel suits–in Lagos—–Impeach the governor now no going back–rather than reach out to the lawmakers b4 and after the alleged impeachment rubbish–APC went about insulting the lawmakers-calling therm all sorts of names–instead of reaching out to them—————the constitution is very clear on this issue-No card carrying member should be allowed into the panel—rather than obey a simple a simple provision in the constitution–the APC judge invited 3 APC ati another 3 PDP–MEMBERS to sit in judgement————-yet we have the likes of Falana twisting fiction into facts for APC–the lawmakers hould not look back–go ahead and impeach the governor———-

      • Gold

        You this Redeem or what are you called,
        I can see you are jobless or being paid to always make some unreasonable comment in all media forum, only you Puch, premium times, vanguard etc Not always a good comment from a right thinking man. wish you goodluck.

        • redeem

          AKERELE BUCKNOR KOFOWOROLA: She was a Senator and Was elected alongside Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 on the AD platform. In 2002, she declared her Interest to vie the 2003 Lagos State Governor seat against her boss. Bola Tinubu was infuriated, he lobbied the Lagos State House to commence impeachement proceedings against her. Buknor resigned her position as Deputy Governor, she also left the party, Alliance for Democracy. That was the last we heard of her politically.

          Mr. FEMI PEDRO was picked by Bola Tinubu in 2002 as Buknor’s successor. Jointly, they won 2003 Lagos Governorship election. After the formation of Action Congress by majorly sponsored by Atiku Abubakar and Tinubu, Pedro Signified interest to succeed his boss like others in the 2007 Guber election. Then Governor Tinubu told all the contenders to support the Candidacy of his Chief of Staff, Babatunde Raji Fashola. Pedro was adamant, he defected to Labour Party. Next was IMPEACHMENT against Pedro by Lagos State House. Sensing that he couldn’t survive the impeachment moves, he RESIGNED his position as Deputy Governor of Lagos State on the day he was to be IMPEACHED. However, Governor Tinubu refused to collect his Resignation Letter…Few MINUTES later, the House IMPEACHED him for “Insubordination and Gross Misconduct”. Bola Tinubu OPENED the floodgate for Political Witch-hunt. He was the FIRST Governor Since Lagos History to Have 3 Deputies within a Span of 8 Years. Why is His Party APC complaining aboput Nasarawa?

          You people should stop making Tinubu look like a demi-god. APC is not owned by Tinubu-Fashola ati Lair Mohamed-

        • redeem

          @wahala–my comments I know will start making sense into yr regional skull–if its said in support of the janjaweeds in APC abi-monkey-cause u want to see all post comments by using fulani ijaw kanuri yoruba ati edo state names–abi——-thief

        • I Hate Sycophant Truly

          The boy is redeem and not Redeem, pls try and edict it.

        • wode

          He is an online media agent of FGN/PDP. That’s what he’s being paid for. That’s his only job. If not done “very well” he would be sacked. Please pardon him and show some understanding.

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        Thank God you’re redeem and not redeemed. The question you should have asked yourself is are they serving judges or not. If they are serving judges and registered with NJC, then they have no point at all. They we continue fighting like dead lion.

        • redeem

          HOW CAN IT BE REDEEMED————–(Mr. Akwashiki said the action of the chief judge on the composition of the seven-man panel contradicted section 188, subsection 5 of the Nigerian constitution. He said that despite a resolution of the House urging the chief judge to disband the panel over the inclusion of card-carrying members of a political party and a government employee, the Chief Judge failed to reconstitute the panel) WHAT MORE DO U WANT TO HEAR——-THAT SHEKAU THE LEADER OF BOKO HARAM-IS NOW THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF APC ABI

          • I Hate Sycophant Truly

            That’s where we find ourselves in the nation that a serving
            judge will have attachment with a political party as a result of survival. The
            bottom line is that there’s nothing they can do about it since they are still
            serving judges. The constitution empowered the chief Jugde of the state to
            choose those he wish. If NJC had been independent we will not find ourselves in
            such mess of interference. And do you know the funny thing NJC cannot do
            anything about it, bcos they have put him there under the suggestion of the
            executive Governor of the state to act in that capacity. So he’s in control. If
            you’re not clear go to Rivers state you will have more understanding or Adamawa

      • Rastafari

        @ Redeem,


        You are a genius! May your tribe increase in our land. Nigeria needs honest people like you, not those rabble-rousers. The APC party is out and out a criminal organization. No more, no less. It exists for stealing. Have you ever heard any APC member blow the whistle on stealing in any APC state? No, you’ll never hear it, because APC is a financial conspiracy of treasury thieves.

        Have you ever heard Femi Falana complain of stealing in APC? He too will never do it as a closet supporter. What sort of one-eyed human rights activist is he? So blind to truth he will not even do as much as ask what ordinary people in the country are asking: “Where is the account of the $40billion that Lagos state government earned from both federal allocation and internal revenue between June 1999 and July 2014?”

        Despite being a Lagos resident, Femi Falana will never ask this simple question. He will rather divert attention to ramble on much less important matters occurring farther away from his nose. Nonsense!

        • The Revolutionary

          This anger i see written here will be deadly when it flows to the streets. Nigerians are very angry. They feel robbed. They feel duped by
          those they trusted. They see through the scams of government officials.
          They are now baying for blood.

          • redeem

            i LAUGH AT YOUR YEYE REVOLUTIONARY IDEAS–Late Libyan Leader Gaddafi said in his Green Book that revolutions without a single revolutionary idea is as dead as doodo—————–see the the revolution in Syria–Libya—Tunisia-ati Egypt all dead——–revolutions in africa can only be sponsored by the West–Kalas—–Again who is going to lead the revolution which will result in d re-distribution of the oil blocks from the north-2 d SS–?——A revolution which will give back oil wells to the people of the SS?—-This is the first time in the history of Nigeria that elections were held in the south west without a single individual being killed—yet we have a political party like APC which says it has all the progressives in its party threaten to form a parallel government should the ruling party win elections in Osun state——-haba malam——–Lagos state government has a debt profile of over 233b——–inspite of its revenue generation capacity————-given all the assets that FGN left–for them in Lagos—-it will take the ppl of eko more than 45 yrs to settle the debts——-can Fashola account for the 77b he voted for his office alone—?——–let the governor of Osun state deny Aregbeshola-gate concerning the 14m–he attempted to bribe DSS with–Falana would have called for an investigation if it had happened in the SS-