Impeachment: CJ constitutes panel to investigate Kogi Deputy Governor

Simon Achuba, Kogi state Deputy Governor [Photo: Vanguard News]
Simon Achuba, Kogi state Deputy Governor [Photo: Vanguard News]

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Nasir Ajanah, has constituted a seven-member panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba by the state House of Assembly.

Mr Ajanah disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Lokoja, the state capital.

He said the constitution of the panel was in line with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“By virtue of section 188 (7) (b) of the 1999 constitution, the panel has three (3) months within which to submit its report to the assembly,” he said.

The Chairman of the panel is John Baiyeshea, (SAN), while Bilikisu Abdulmalik Basher, William A. Aliwo, Z. A. Asun, Isa Adeboye, Muhammed A. Aikoye and Ada Shaibu are members.

Deputy Chief Registrar, Special Duties, Bamidele Aina, at the state high court will serve as Secretary of the panel.

Mr Ajanah said the panel would be inaugurated on August 26 at the Conference Hall of the state High Court Complex, Lokoja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that state House had during its plenary on August 20 called on the Chief Judge, to constitute a panel of Inquiry to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Mr Achuba.

The House made the request following adoption of a motion by Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello-Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta), calling for investigation into the allegations towards impeachment of the deputy governor.

The House request came simultaneously with an interim restraining order from a state high court, asking the Chief Judge not to act on the request for the constitution of the panel.

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The court presided over by a vacation judge, Abdul Nicodemus Awulu, issued the interim restraining order on August 20, while ruling on a suit filed before it by the embattled deputy governor.

Mr Achuba also sought to restrain the defendants from taking further steps in investigating the said allegations pending the final determination of the case.

The House, also in a quick reaction to the court’s ruling, applied for an order, vacating and/or discharging the interim order of injunction granted expate by the court.

The House asked that the ruling be set aside because the court lacked the jurisdiction to disallow it from performing its constitutional duties and that the claimant misrepresented facts.

The Chief Judge vacated the order before constituting the panel.

(NAN)

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