Supreme Court sacks Taraba Acting Governor

The Supreme Court has sacked Taraba State’s acting governor, Garba Umar, and ordered the reinstatement of Abubakar Danladi, a former deputy governor who was impeached before Mr. Umar took over.

Mr. Danladi was the first deputy governor who ran on the same ticket with Governor Dantata Suntai. He was impeached shortly before Mr. Suntai took ill after an air crash.

The acting governor who was removed Friday, Mr. Umar, was appointed the deputy governor after the impeachment of Mr. Danladi.

After Mr. Suntai became ill, Mr. Umar took charge as acting governor.

The acting governor has been locked in a bitter power struggle with the associates of Mr. Suntai, who insist the ailing governor has recovered enough to return to work.

In a unanimous decision Friday, the Supreme Court nullified the impeachment of the first deputy governor, Mr. Danladi, and ordered he be sworn in as acting governor immediately.

Seven justices of the court agreed with the ruling, delivered by Justice Sylvester Ngwuta.

The court said Mr. Danladi was denied fair hearing.

The court also said it was illegal for 19 members of the state House of Assembly who prepared the impeachment notice to have sat at a Guest House belonging to the majority leader.

Justice Ngwuta described the impeachment panel as a “kangaroo panel” and said that there was a conspiracy between the impeachment panel and the lawmakers.

The Taraba State House of Assembly had on October 4, 2012 removed Mr. Danladi from office on purported allegations of fraud and abuse of office.

Majority of the state’s lawmakers, 20 of the 24 members of the Assembly, had voted to uphold the recommendations of a seven-member judicial commission of inquiry. The commission was named by the state’s then Acting Chief Judge, Josephine Tuktur, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the deputy governor.

The commission said it found Mr. Danladi guilty of the allegations of gross misconduct.

The House Majority Leader, representing Karim I Constituency, Charles Maijankai, moved the motion for the adoption of the report.

The report had said Mr. Danladi used his office to divert Millennium Development Goals, MDG, projects to Yagai Academy, a private school, owned by him. It also indicted the former deputy governor for using his office to influence the posting of an officer and interfering in the affairs of his Karim-Lamido local government.

The panel also said the third allegation that Mr. Danladi did not convene a meeting of the state Boundary Commission, showed his incompetence.

But in impeaching the deputy governor at the time, both the House and the commission ignored the case filed by him against the composition and membership of the commission of inquiry. The case was then before a Taraba High Court.

Mr. Danladi’s  downfall was at the time blamed on his tenuous relationship with the governor, Danbaba Suntai, who is said have become uncomfortable with his political ascendancy and affiliations with those Mr. Suntai considered his political rivals.

Analysts had at the time wondered why the charges, committed years back, surfaced at the time the two men fell apart.

Mr. Danladi was among those slated for the 2012 national awards in Abuja but was dropped reportedly on account of the controversy.

But less than a month after Mr. Danladi was removed, and replaced with Garba Umar, Mr. Suntai got involved in an air crash on October 25, 2012.

While Mr. Danladi continued to challenge his removal in court, Messrs Umar and Suntai became embroiled in a bitter power struggle that has remained largely unresolved.


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  • amazing2012

    Nigeria for life !

  • Spoken word

    everything scatter scatter.

  • Muscomide

    Cry, the beloved country!

  • Friday Lewa Goya

    naija political struggle continue

  • AncientFactfinder7

    While should it take supreme court two years to make this ruling,confusion everywhere,to your tents oh Nigerians

    • McAlfred Uta

      Did the Supreme court delay the hearing for two years or are you counting the time spent by the High Court and the Court of appeal? I think the judiciary despite all their shortcomings deserve commendation, not condemnation. Please think over it again.

  • Dumbo

    Our judiciary is very unserious and corrupt. They all need to be sacked.

  • Ahmad

    Oya. AGF and IGP ensure that he be sworn in and given security details immediately as you did for Ngilari.

  • u s man

    Judiciary is the problem of this country. Why does it took them so long?

  • Ahmad Suleiman

    i wish people of taraba peaceful coexistence

    • Solo 1

      Thanks

  • mike

    Pdp a house illegalities. Everything they do is tainted with with impunity.

  • Otile

    Looters and parasites do not care about who they hurt, whose
    environment they pollute, all they want is to impose a Fulani on us and
    let the flow of oil continue.

    • PROF

      Don’t worry the fulani will depend on kunu and fura de nono .they think they are smart and own the country and the people in it.

  • Solo 1

    may God lead u, our dear acting Governor of Taraba State. Mr Danladi

  • abujakenneth

    The problem is not with the judiciary but with Nigerians. We have representatives in NASS yet none of them has ever raised the issue of judicial reform act to curtail the duration of cases in the court. The lawyers and judiciary only follow the law made by NASS. The various state governments (APC, PDP) found it extremely difficult to appoint judges and magistrates for quick dispensation of justice.

  • abujakenneth

    The problem is not with
    the judiciary but with Nigerians. We have representatives in NASS yet
    none of them has ever deemed important the issue of judicial reform act to
    curtail the duration of cases in the court. The lawyers and judiciary
    only follow the law made by NASS a very corrupt entity saddled with the
    business of making law. The various state governments (APC, PDP) found it
    extremely difficult to appoint judges and magistrates for quick dispensation of
    justice.

    • Azuka Osakwe

      States recommend judges to NJC for appointment. They do not appoint.

  • Chris1408

    Nigerian Democracy, a total disgrace

    • Tunsj

      Total disgrace indeed. I was about to say the same thing!!.

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  • Blessing Ekpere Ogbu

    Why are you so fixated on this your oil money? Does this report say anything about your oil money?

  • Akiika

    Chicken military men, i wonder what has been keeping them away from taking over from these criminal politicians. What a charade, they overturned impeachment after 2 years just to get the present acting Gov. out of the way.

  • DE com

    Suntai and his political associates have succeeded! Rubbish judiciary that exist in dis country,that is why the defunct gov has been unhappy with Garba umar ,because Garba is about to dethrone him finally as a result of the condition of his brain.

  • Dankasa

    T. Y. Danjuma and his associate are really working in Taraba, he want his anointed guy to win the election thats why the acting Govn Umar who also picked the Form was blocked through a coup at the barel of Judiciary. He is now removed and PDP has already closed down sale of Form so only T. Y. boy remains the flag bearer because the new Guy in Aligo Govt House can never get the Form. This is a calculated attempt to fix who they want to fix. Now it remain the people of Taraba to choose the party they want oooo! While the new Guy can do anti party or join opposition