Kogi CJ raises probe panel on deputy governor




Kogi state Governor Yahaya Bello

The Chief Judge of Kogi state, Justice Nasiru Ajanah, has constituted a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct raised by the House of Assembly against the deputy governor, Elder Simon Achuba,.

This was contained in a statement signed by the senior information officer, High Court of Justice, Lokoja, on Friday.

The statement indicated that the appointment of the panel was made in line with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and after the vacation court sitting in Lokoja had set aside its earlier ruling restraining the Chief Judge from constituting a committee to investigate the deputy governor.

Elder Achuba had approached the court on August 19, 2019, for an order of interim injunction to restrain the House of assembly, the Chief Judge and the Attorney-General of the state from “debating or considering the report directing the Chief Judge to set up a committee to investigate the allegations” levelled against him.

“The said allegations are contained in the notice of allegation of gross misconduct dated August 7, 2019, attached to a letter from the speaker of the House of Assembly.”

The panel has Mr. John Baiyeshea as chairman while other members are Hajiya Bilikisu Abdulmalik Basher, Mr. William A. Aliwo and Canon Z. A. Asun.

Others are Alhaji Isa Adeboye, Mr. Muhammed A. Aikoye, Mr. Ada Shaibu, Mr. Bamidele Aina, as well as the DCR, special duties at the High Court, who would serve as the panel’s secretary.




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