By Olusegun Emmanuel, Abuja.
The Adamawa State House of Assembly has commenced impeachment proceedings against the state governor, Murtala Nyako, and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.
The Assembly on Wednesday directed its Clerk to serve Messrs Nyako and Ngilari impeachment notices.
Mr. Nyako has been having a running battle with the lawmakers since he left the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to join the All Progressives Congress.
There has been moves by the state lawmakers to remove the governor from office in the past weeks..
Details of Wednesday’s proceedings at the Assembly are still sketchy but the decision to commence impeachment procedure against Mr. Nyako and his deputy climaxes months of acrimonious relationship between the executive and the legislature in the North-East state.
The political atmosphere in the state became tensed last Wednesday when the Assembly ordered the arrest of four commissioners for their failure to appear before the lawmakers to answer questions on the state’s finances.
At plenary last Thursday, the Deputy Speaker, Kwamoti Laori (PDP-Numan), who presided, directed the state Commissioner of Police to arrest commissioners who failed to show up and bring them before the house on Monday by 10 am.
The affected commissioners were that of Agriculture, Lucy Ishaku; Health, Lilian Stephen; Commerce, Ahmed Gorko; and Land and Survey, Abdulrahman Shuaibu.
The Assembly, which acknowledged receipt of a letter from the Secretary to the State Government, Kobis Thimnu, over his inability to honour the Thursday invitation, asked him to appear unfailingly on Monday.
The commissioner for Finance, Ibrahim Vokna, his counterpart for Works, Umaru Atiku, and the state Accountant General, Nasir Mohammed, had earlier appeared before the house.
The Assembly had on May 27 gave Mr. Nyako and his government an ultimatum of three days to pay back an alleged illegal deductions made from workers’ salaries and allowances of May 2014 in the state.
The development fueled speculation in the state that the Assembly was bent on sacking the governor.
More to come…