*To submit report within 14 days to the legislators
Nasarawa State Chief Judge, Justice Suleiman U. DiKko, on Friday
constituted a 7-man panel to probe the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against the state governor, Tanko Al-makura, by the state House of Assembly.
Members of the panel are Mohammed Sabo Keana, Rev. (Dr.) Joel
Galadima (rtd.), Alhaji Adbu Usman, Samuel Chaku, Mohammad Sani Usman, Pastor David Chaga, and Yusuf Shehu Usman, who doubles as chairman of the panel.
Inaugurating the panel at the Conference Hall of the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Lafia, Dikko urged members of the panel to carry out their duties in line with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
He said: “…by virtue of the powers conferred on me by section 188 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended and the letter from the Honourable Speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly with reference NSHA/MM/166 /VOL/1/38 dated the 23rd July, 2014 requesting me to appoint a seven man panel to investigate the governor, I hereby appoint you“
The Chief Judge said that members of the panel, who were drawn from none of the political parties, are to submit their report to the speaker of the state House of Assembly in 14 days.
Dikko urged members of the panel to be just and fair to all parties in the discharge of their duties, as according to him: “No proceedings or determination of the panel or of the House of Assembly or any matter
relating to such proceedings or determination shall be entertained or
questioned in any court’’
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly had on July 14 resolved to serve a notice of impeachment on governor Tanko Al-makura over allegations of gross misconduct and abuse of Oath of Office and violation of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.
The lawmakers had swiftly left for Abuja after passing the motion to serve the notice of impeachment, returned to the Assembly on Wednesday and directed the state chief Judge to set up a seven-man panel of investigation to probe the allegations of gross misconduct leveled against the governor.