Supreme Court has fixed December 16 for judgment in the appeal filed by former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako against his impeachment.
He, among others, wants the apex court to order his reinstatement to enable him complete his tenure after his impeachment was quashed by the Court of Appeal.
The court fixed the date for judgment after listening to final arguments by lawyers representing parties in the appeal.
Arguing his client’s case, Uchema Nwokedi (SAN), who represented the appellant, urged to allow the appeal as well as consider the damage done to the Constitution by the lawmakers in their desperateresolve to impeach his client.
Nwokedi prayed the court to ensure that such impunity never repeats itself.
According to him, the only way to compensate his client for the damage done to him was to reinstate him as governor of the state.
Mahmud Magaji (SAN), who represented the Adamawa State House of Assembly, urged the court to refuse the appeal for lacking in merit.
Chris Uche [SAN] – for the Adamawa State Government – and Oyetola Atoyebi (for the Nigerian Police Force)argued in similar manner against the appeal.
A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, heard the appeal.
A five-man panel of the Court of Appeal, Adamawa division, led by Justice Jumai Sankey had in a unanimous judgment, voided Nyako’s impeachment, describing it as reckless and constituted gross abuse of legislative powers.
The court however, refused to reinstate Nyako, prompting him to appeal to the Supreme Court.
… As Adamawa traditional council stripes him, son of titles
Paramount traditional ruler in Adamawa State, Muhammad Mustafa, on Friday stripped a former governor of the state, Murtala Nyako, and his son, Abdul’Aziz, of their traditional titles of Sarkin Yamma, and Sarkin Matasa respectively.
The younger Nyako is a senator representing Adamawa central.The Adamawa Emirate council also dismissed the former governor from the membership of the council.
Mr. Nyako was impeached by the state House of Assembly in 2014, but the impeachment was declared illegal by the Court of Appeal. The Court did not however order for his reinstatement.
Mr. Nyako is presently in the Supreme Court asking it to return him to office based on the ruling of the Appeal Court, an action that has pitched him against Governor Muhammad Jibrilla.
According to a statement signed by the Lamido Adamawa, he said the decision was necessary because the two title holders have been indicted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, E.F.C.C, and arraigned before a court of law for alleged corruption.
Lamido Barkindo was installed during the former governor’s reign. Mr. Nyako also appointed the monarch’s son as commissioner.

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