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Nyako: Panel Submits Report Tomorrow

The seven-man investigative panel set up by the former acting chief judge of Adamawa State, Justice Ambrose Mammadi, to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Governor Murtala Nyako and his deputy Bala James Ngillari will submit its report on Monday.

The secretary of the committee Mr Eston Binanu, made the disclosure to LEADERSHIP correspondent via telephone yesterday.

The secretary of the panel said that the panel would be fair to all parties, adding that it is criminal for anyone to try to speculate on the outcome of the panel’s sitting until the panel makes its verdict known.

The position of the secretary was coming against the backdrop of speculations that both the governor and his deputy may be indicted by the panel as the duo refused to appear before it.

The committee rounded off its sitting on Saturday following the refusal of Nyako and his deputy to grace the sittings of the panel which commenced on Friday.

After waiting in vain for the representatives of the governor and the deputy governor, the panel went ahead to watch a video clip tendered as exhibit and also cross-examined the only witness presented by the House, Mr Wafarninyi Theman.

Counsel to the assembly at the Saturday sitting, Hussaini Maidawa and Leonard Nzadon, who led Theman in giving evidence, concluded their respective presentations by urging the panel to take their applications against the governor and deputy governor as a proven case of the allegations raised against them.

In his response, the chairman of the panel, Mallam Buba Kaigama, said the panel would take its time to do a thorough job and come up with a fair verdict.

While explaining the reason for the failure of Governor Nyako to grace the sitting, the director of press and public affairs to the governor, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh, said the process of the impeachment was premised on illegality and, as such, they could not grace it.

He faulted the then acting CJ for setting up the panel after giving a verdict preventing the House of Assembly from serving the governor the impeachment notice through substituted means, only for him to jettison the ruling made by himself and constituted the seven-man panel based on the substituted service to Governor Nyako and his deputy.

Sajoh described the action as double standard.

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