Nyako May Know Fate Today As House Debates Probe Panel Report

The Adamawa State House of Assembly will consider today the report of the panel that investigated the allegations of misconduct it levelled against Governor Murtala Nyako.
The Buba Kaigama-led seven-man panel set up on July 8, submitted yesterday a four-volume report to Speaker Ahmadu Fintiri.
The panelists informed the speaker that both Governor Nyako and his Deputy Bala Ngilari failed to appear before them after being duly invited. The chairman said, however, that did not stop its investigation into the allegations.
Fintiri promised that the House would consider the report during today’s plenary.
Though the content of the report was not made public, it is unlikely that Governor Murtala Nyako may have been cleared.
But Ngilari may be cleared, sources said last night.
Section 188(8) and (9) of the constitution states
“Where the panel reports to the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter.
“Where the reports of the panel is that the allegations against the holder of the office has been proved, then within 14 days of the receipt of the report, the House of Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of the House of Assembly supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report of the panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.
Kaigama who declined to disclose the content of the report however said the panel tried to ensure justice in the discharge of the provisions of section 188(5) under which it derives it functions.
He explained that although the panel lacked the powers to make both men appear before the panel, it had to delay the commencement of its sitting in the hope that they would show up since they were notified of its sitting.
According to him, the adjournment of its sitting was to allow for representation of the respondent.
“Despite the opportunity given to the governor and the deputy to clear themselves, it was not utilised,” he stated.
Kaigama also exonerated the panel of complicity, against the background of alleged haste to submit its report.
“We have discharged our responsibilities to the best of our ability and it is left for God to judge us rightly or wrongly,” Kaigama said.
He said the members appreciated the rare privilege given to them to serve on the panel.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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