•Clerk says gov could be served through the media
There was tension within the corridors of the Nasarawa State Government on Tuesday as the impeachment process initiated on Monday against governor Tanko Al-makura by the state House of Assembly took a new turn.
Clerk of the state House of Assembly, Ego Maikeffi Abashe, told journalists in Lafia on Tuesday that the legislature would publish the impeachment notice on the governor in the media as attempts to serve the notice on Al-makura at the Government House proved abortive.
Abashe said: “I have made two attempts to serve the governor notice of impeachment at the Government House but I was prevented by security personnel at the gate.”
He said, as a result of this, “the House would be left with no option than to serve the governor notice of impeachment through the media if he could not be reached personally.”
METROWATCH gathered that the governor had, expectedly, been gripped by fear since Monday that the lawmakers moved the motion to impeach him on allegations of gross misconduct.
It was also gathered that the lawmakers have since left the state
for security reasons as part of the tension within the state that has trailed the impeachment process.
The impeachment process against Al-makura was set rolling during plenary through a motion under matters of urgent public
importance moved by Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP) representing Udege/Loko and seconded by Mohammed Okpede,(PDP), Doma constituency.
Giving insight to the development, the Chairman, Committee on Information and Security, Hon. Mohammed Ibaku, alleged that governor Al-makura had “siphoned so much money from government coffers and so he has lost moral rectitude to continue in office as the chief security officer of the state.”
He accused the governor of planting cohorts in key government departments to pilfer public fund.
He alleged that over N2billion from the state and local government joint account was misappropriated by the governor.
The lawmaker disclosed that the alleged gross misconduct leveled
against the governor also borders on misappropriation of SURE-P funds and flood funds sent to the state by the federal government for flood victims in state in 2012 amongst other things.