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Impeachment: Kebbi G12 go for gov’s jugular

The 12 members of Kebbi State House of Assembly who about two ago claimed to have Impeached the speaker of the House, and his deputy have extended their dragnet to include the state’s governor, Saidu Nasamu Dakingari by serving him an impeachment notice.

The lawmakers in a notice served to the governor on Tuesday night, presented six impeachable offences against the governor accusing him of gross abuse of office, misappropriation of public funds and misconduct in the handling of the affairs of the state among other things.

They also accused the governor of working with unelected local government councils in the state whose tenure in office already expired on or about September 18, 2014, two years after oath of office as provided by Section 18(1) of the state Local Government Law, 2008 and thereby committed a gross misconduct.

They further alleged that Dakingari misappropriated close to one billion naira in the name of the official visits of the President, Vice-President and First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria between November 2014 to March 2015 and that the vice-president and first lady did not make any official visit to the state within the said period thereby committing gross misconduct.

The lawmakers urged Dakingari to defend himself in the next one week and failure to do so, they would commence impeachment process.

Meanwhile, the governor was already out of the state when the notice was served, but the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Garba Rabiu Kamba, told journalists on Wednesday that the action of the 12 lawmakers did not follow due process before embarking on such action.

He maintained that the action of the members was illegal and unconstitutional and that they did not reach two third as required by law, adding that the state government would continue to recognise Mohammed Shalla as Speaker of the state House of Assembly.

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