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Saturday, 2 August 2014

Impeachment: Al-Makura Waives Immunity, Set To Appear Before Probe Panel Monday

Determined to prove his innocence before the people that put him in office, the embattled Governor of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, has offered to waive off his immunity to appear before the seven-man investigative panel set up by the state Chief Judge on alleged mismanagement of state funds.

The seven-member panel headed by Mr. Yusuf Usman, which is scheduled to begin public sitting on Monday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, has notified all the parties involved, including the House of Assembly.
Confirming his decision to appear before the panel yesterday, Governor Al-Makura simply said: I think I will make first appearance on Monday, and then my counsel can thereafter take over.
I hope my counsel will allow me to have the first shot before they go ahead with the legal representation, he added.
The governor, however, refused to talk further insisting that he has tremendous respect for the House of Assembly and constitutional guidelines on the ongoing impeachment proceedings against him.
Recall that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, dominated Nasarawa Assembly had leveled 16 allegations against the governor and directed the Chief Judge, Justice Sulaiman Dikko, to constitute a seven-man panel to probe the allegations. However, the members have rejected two out of the seven members of the panel, alleging that they are members of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.
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