THE Yola division of federal Court of Appeal, Adamawa State, on Thursday, February 11, nullified the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, former governor of the state.
The five-man panel of judges led by Justice Jumai Hannatu Sankey, in a unanimous judgment, described Nyako’s impeachment as a high level of impunity, recklessness, rascality and constituted a gross abuse of legislative powers by the Adamawa State House of Assembly.
The judges condemned in unequivocal terms the gross abuse of the legislative powers by the lawmakers to achieve orchestrated, premeditated and selfish motives.
The court similarly condemned in strong terms the arrogance of the lawmakers and some politicians who flagrantly refused to obey court orders stopping them from going ahead with the impeachment process despite the order of the high court in Adamawa State.
The court ruled that the impeachment of Nyako was a misuse of the powers and privileges of the legislature and therefore, declared the impeachment as null, void and of no effect.
Consequently, the court ordered that Nyako be accorded all rights of the office of the governor of Adamawa State throughout his legally recognised period in office. However, the court struck out the appeal of Nyako to be returned as governor of the state, saying his tenure as governor had elapsed.
Nyako was impeached by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on Tuesday July 16, 2014 following allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him by the House of Assembly.
— Feb 22, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT