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Court of Appeal Reverses Nyako’s Impeachment


There is a twist to the impreachment of former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako.

Nyako, who was impreached in 2014 by the state House of Assembly, for alleged misapprapotion of funds including sundry issues, had his impreachment reversed by a Court of Appeal sitting in Yola on Thursday.

In the lead judgment read by Justice Tunde Ayotoye, said all the judges unanimously agreed that Nyako was not given fair hearing before the impeachment was carried out.

The judges said that the Governor’s right was violated and declared all the processes that led to the impeachment null and void.

The court ordered that Nyako hencefoth be accorded all right of the office of the Governor of Adamawa State through the period of office, and be paid all his entitlements.

However, the court said it is too late in the day to return Nyako as the Governor, thus the relief was not granted.

Commenting on the process that led to the impreachment, the Court said it was full of  “impunity and arrogance” by the state House of Assembly and some politicians, who were made to investigate Nyako, disregarding a court order.

Nyako was removed on July 15, 2014, after 17 of 25 members of the Adamawa State House of Assembly adopted a report of a panel set up to investigate him for alleged corruption. The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct.

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