Nyako's impeachment: Court passes verdict May 22

By Tom Garba, Yola

A Federal High court sitting in Yola on Monday fixed May 22 for judgment into the case between Former Gov. Murtala Nyako and the Adamawa state House of Assembly.

Justice Bilkisu Aliyu, in the ruling said that the case had lingered for so long therefore fixed the judgment for May 22, 2015.

Nyako had in November 2014 filed the suit to enforce his fundamental rights at the Yola Division of the Federal High Court.

He alleged that he was denied fair hearing in the proceedings of the impeachment panel which recommended his removal from office to the state House of Assembly in July 2014.

Olukoya said the matter in which the applicant was complaining was about the abuse of his fundamental human right to fair hearing which is under chapter four of the constitution, section 36.

Earlier, Mr Ogunbele Olukoya, counsel to the plaintiff said the case was a ``suit generic’’ as it required special kind of action on its own.

He said the Supreme Court upheld that he (Danladi) was denied public hearing which violated his fundamental right to fear hearing.

Olukoya also referred the court to the case between Alhaji Sani Danladi, former Deputy Governor of Taraba.

He pleaded with the court to pass judgment in favour of the plaintiff, saying `heaven will not fall with such judgment’.

According to him, such judgment would rather promote respect for rule of law and fundamental human rights.

Mr Leonard Nzadon, counsel to the defendant urged the court to rule in favour of the defendant as the case was not about the fundamental human right.

Nzadon argued that the case was about an impeachment procedure where there was an abuse of court process as the plaintiff was dully served with the notice of impeachment.

He further said that the plea of the plaintiff for the enforcement of his fundamental human right was grossly inadequate.

The case was adjourned till May 22 for judgment.