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Kogi CJ asked to raise Achuba’s impeachment panel

The Kogi House of Assembly has called on the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, to constitute a seven-man panel of inquiry to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the state Deputy Governor, Simon Achuba.

The House made the request in a resolution issues at plenary on Tuesday in Lokoja following adoption of a motion by Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello-Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta), calling for an investigation into the allegations as second step towards impeachment of the Deputy Governor.

Presenting the motion, Bello-Balogun said it was sequel to issuance of a “Notice of Allegations to the Deputy Governor two weeks ago (August 8, 2019).”

He explained that the deputy governor evaded the service of the notice on him and also directed that none of his aides should receive any correspondence from the House of Assembly on his behalf.

Supporting the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Mohammed (APC-Ankpa) the motion was appropriate.

Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Matthew Kolawole, said members who supported the adoption of the motion were 19 and more than the required of 17 members

Kolawole directed the House to communicate the Chief Judge to within seven days constitute a panel  to investigate the deputy governor.

Meanwhile,the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba who is at loggerheads with the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has filed an application before the State High Court, Lokoja.

The Deputy Governor is challenging the purported impeachment notice served on him by the State House of Assembly, on grounds that it was served out of time and marred with irregularities.

The case is set for hearing on the date to be announced soon by the court.

 

 

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