The Kogi state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has inaugurated a seven-man panel to investigate the allegation of gross misconduct against the state deputy Governor Elder Simon Achuba.
The State Assembly had two weeks ago asked the Chief Judge to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor following series of press interviews where he accused Governor Bello of withholding his imprests and allowances since 2017.
The seven-man panel are John Baiyeshe (Chairman), Hon. Justice S.S Idajili (Rtd), Barrister U.O. Onoja ESQ as Members.
Other members of the panel are Venerable Z.A. Asun, Barrister E.I. Omuya ESQ, Dr Ibrahim Ndagi Adamu, Ada Shuaibu and Bamidele Aina ESQ who will serve as the panel secretary.
Inaugurating the members, Justice Ajanah, said they were appointed based on their unquestionably integrity adding that, they should bring it to bear in the discharge of their duty.
The Chief Judge who noted that the task to investigate the deputy governor was in line with section 188 of the 1999 constitution as amended, charged the panel to carry out their assignment without fear or favour.
“The basic rule of fair hearing must be sacrosanct in your proceedings. I have no doubt you will discharge this duty which you owe God and Kogi State, meritoriously,” he stated.
The chairman of the panel John Baiyeshea (SAN), in his speech noted that the assignment must and shall be conducted within national and international best practice of natural justice of equity.