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Court of Appeal Reverses Nyako’s Impeachment

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The impeachment of Murtala Nyako as Governor of Adamawa State was on Thursday reversed by a Court of Appeal sitting in Yola, the state capital. Delivering the judgement, Justice Tunde Ayotoye, who led a team of judges, said all the judges unanimously agreed that due process was not followed in the impeachment process of Nyako, adding that the governor’s right was violated. Ayotoye, therefore, declared all the processes that led to the impeachment null and void. The court held that Nyako be accorded all right of the office of the governor of Adamawa State through the period of office, and be paid all his entitlement as governor of the state while it lasted. It would be recalled that Nyako was 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 impeached him as governor of the state. The report had found Nyako guilty of 16 allegations of gross misconduct.

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