Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state and his deputy, Bala Ngilari may be counting their hours in office as the State House of Assembly, today, issued them notice of impeachment, climaxing months of horse-trading and counter accusation.
The Assembly directed its clerk to serve Governor Nyako and Deputy, Ngilari impeachment notice thereby heightening the political tension in the state, even as the governor is believed to have left the state capital before the notice could be served on him.
The Assembly had earlier ordered the arrest of four commissioners who failed to appear before the lawmakers to to answer questions on the state’s finances.
The Deputy Speaker, Kwamoti Laori (PDP-Numan), who presided over the House plenary session 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 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 is bent on sacking the governor. [myad]