Nasarawa Impeachment: Lawmakers lists 16 offences against Al-Makura

Governor Tanko Al-Makura

Protests against moves to impeach the governor continued in the state.

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Thursday levelled 16 charges bordering on official misconduct against the state governor, Tanko Al-Makura.

The legislature had ordered that the governor be served an impeachment notice signed by 20 out of its 24 members on Monday.

The 20 members belong to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, while the others belong to the All Progressive Congress, APC, which is the governor’s party.

One of the charges against Mr. Al-Makura includes missing Local Government Joint Account Funds between June 2011 and April 2012 and from January to July 2013.

They also alleged that the governor misappropriated and misapplied funds in the joint account and Local Government Sure-P Fund. He was also accused of transferring local government SURE-P fund to a fixed deposit account.

The Assembly also alleged that the governor spent N13,295,000.00 on his wife’s trips to Abuja.

The lawmakers said the offences were a gross violation of Section 162 (7 and 8) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

They asked Mr. Al-Makura to clear himself of the allegations.

The governor has denied any wrongdoing; with his party, the APC, accusing the PDP and the presidency ‎of orchestrating the impeachment plot.
Meanwhile, there were protests on Thursday in some parts of the states against the impeachment moves.

Angry youth who began the protests in Lafia, the state capital, on Wednesday reportedly burnt down a house belonging to a man from the Eggon tribe as two of them also lost their lives.

The governor belongs to the Gwandera ethnic group.

The campaign posters of the Information Minister, Labaran Maku, believed to be eyeing the governorship seat of the state, were pasted on the wall of the burnt house.

Ismaila Numaan, the Police Public Relations Officer in Nasarawa State, confirmed the protests, with 17 of the protesters later arrested.

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