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Appeal court nullifies Nyako’s impeachment

Appeal court nullifies Nyako’s impeachment
February 11
15:22 2016
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The Yola division of the court of appeal on Thursday declared the impeachment of Murtala Nyako, former governor of Adamawa state, as “unconstitutional, null and void”.

After indicting him over alleged gross misconduct, the Adamawa house of assembly impeached and removed Nyako on July 16, 2014.

In a unanimous judgment by the five justices, the appellate court said the impeachment was not done in accordance with the provisions of the law, as the governor was not served the impeachment notice personally.

In the lead judgment read by Tunde Ayotoye, a justice, the judges agreed that Nyako was not given fair hearing.

The court ordered that Nyako be accorded all rights of the office of the governor of Adamawa through the period, and paid all his entitlements as governor while it lasted.

However, the court struck out the appeal by Nyako to be returned as governor, saying his tenure had elapsed.

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