Kogi lawmakers impeach Dep Gov Achuba, Onoja for replacement

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba, has been impeached by the House of Assembly on the recommendations of the Judicial Panel of Inquiry that investigated allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him.

His impeachment, which was done behind closed doors at plenary on Friday, followed the deliberation of the legislators on the report of the Panel submitted earlier in the day.

Addressing newsmen after the impeachment, Majority Leader of the House, Hassan Bello Abdullahi (APC-Ajaokuta), said the House received the report and acted accordingly following due process.

Abdullahi said that the House met, sat and deliberated on the recommendations of the panel to arrive at the conclusion, adding that with the impeachment of the Deputy Governor, justice had been served.

Meanwhile, the running mate to Governor Yahaya Bello, Edward Onoja, in the forthcoming November 16 election, would be sworn in on Saturday as the Deputy Governor.

The seven-member Judicial Panel of Enquiry was set up by the Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on August 26 to investigate allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Achuba had earlier submitted its report to the House.

Chairman of the panel, John Baiyeshea, flanked by six other members, submitted the report to the Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole, at plenary.

Baiyeshea said the committee members had done their best. “We have done the best we know how to do according to law and evidence presented to us.

“The report is in three volumes; volume one contains all documents forwarded to us by the Chief Judge that he received from the assembly, and additional reports made available to the committee.

“Volume two contains the evidences given during the proceeding and volume three contains reviews of the committee and recommendations,” he said.

The chairman, however, declined to reveal the position of the committee, saying doing so would amount to violation of constitutional provisions that guided the setting up of the panel.

Receiving the report, Kolawole expressed appreciation to the Chief Judge for appointing men of proven integrity as members of the panel.

Kolawole explained that the task of ensuring good governance required collective efforts of all, and thanked the members for the timely presentation of the report.

“We shall go into the reports thoroughly, look into the recommendations and do justice to it,” saying that the committee had gone into the annals of history in Nigeria as the first to perform a thorough work devoid of interferences.

In his remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Mohammad (APC- Ankpa I), said the exercise followed due process and thanked everyone for being responsive to the development of Kogi.

The committee, which was inaugurated on August 26 with a 90-day duration within which to complete the assignment and submit its report, completed the job in 49 days.

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