Impeachment: Nyako petitions NJC, accuses 2 senior Adamawa judges of bias

Governor Murtala Nyako

A former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has petitioned the National Judicial Council over the role allegedly played by the incumbent Chief Judge of Adamawa, Ishaya Banu, and a former Acting Chief Judge of the State, Ambrose Mammadi, in his impeachment.

In the petition Mr. Nyako accused the two judges of denying him justice through their actions and inactions.

The ex-governor said in order to subvert the course of justice against him, Mr. Banu wilfully delayed proceedings in the suit he filed since August 2014.

“From August 2014 when the case was assigned to him to date, no substantial progress was made. He has used every ploy to delay the case to the extent of even deliberately refusing to return to Yola from Abuja on a date he fixed for hearing even when our legal team endeavoured to be in Yola from Abuja and Lagos,” Mr. Nyako said. “He also gives long adjournments and refuses to attend court on days he fixes for hearing. He creates unnecessary bottlenecks in the case hindering the delivery of justice.”

He similarly accused Mr. Banu of trying to interfere in another case involving him by applying to be joined as interested party when he had no legal interest to protect in the matter.

“As a judicial officer in whose court a case is pending, what does his involvement connote other than bias and a desire to ensure that justice is delayed which is justice denied,” Mr. Nyako said.

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“How could a judicial officer be so biased as to abuse his privileged position and protection under the law to be joined in suit involving a private citizen demanding for justice in an action designed to challenge his right to fair hearing.”

Mr. Nyako also accused Mr. Mammadi of double standards. He said the acting chief judge refused to grant a request filed by the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly for an order to serve Mr. Nyako notice of impeachment through advertisement in two newspapers, insisting that service must be personal but took a contrary action by acceding to the request of the house of assembly to constitute a 7-member panel which was used to impeach him.

He accused Mr. Mammadi of flouting two orders he granted, restraining the state house of assembly from taking further action towards impeaching Mr. Nyako and from going ahead with the impeachment proceedings against him.

Mr. Nyako noted that following the illegal process adopted in removing him from office, he filed a suit challenging the non-compliance with Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution but Mr. Mammadi refused to assign the case to a Vacation Judge but rather assigned it to a Judge on Vacation adding the action was contrary to the action taken at the Federal High Court in Abuja involving Bala Ngillari which was assigned to a vacation judge which made him to get his deserved justice.

Mr. Ngillari’s impeachment has since been rescinded and he has since been sworn-in as governor

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