The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Justice Nasir Ajanah, has constituted a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against Deputy Governor Simon Achuba by the state House of Assembly.
Ajanah disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Lokoja.
He said the constitution of the panel was in line with the provisions of section 188 of the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria , 1999 (as amended).
“By virtue of section 188 (7) (b) of the 1999 constitution, the panel has three (3) months within which to submit its report to the assembly,” he said.
The Chairman of the panel is John Baiyeshea (SAN), while Hajiya Bilikisu Abdulmalik Basher, William A. Aliwo, Canon Z. A. Asun, Alhaji Isa Adeboye, Muhammed A. Aikoye and Ada Shaibu are members.
Bamidele Aina, Deputy Chief Registrar, Special Duties at the state High Court, will serve as Secretary of the panel.
Ajanah said the panel would be inaugurated on August 26 at the Conference Hall of the state High Court complex, Lokoja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that state House had during its plenary on August 20 called on the Chief Judge to constitute a panel of Inquiry to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Achuba.
The House made the request following adoption of a motion by Majority Leader, Abdullahi Bello-Balogun (APC-Ajaokuta), calling for investigation into the allegations towards impeachment of the deputy governor.
NAN reports that the House request came simultaneously with an interim restraining order from a state High Court asking the Chief Judge not to act on the request for the constitution of the panel.
The court, presided over by a Vacation Judge, Justice Abdul Nicodemus Awulu, issued the interim restraining order on August 20, while ruling on a suit filed before it by the embattled deputy governor.
Achuba also sought to restrain the defendants from taking further steps in investigating the said allegations pending the final determination of the case.
The House, also in a quick reaction to the court’s ruling, applied for an order vacating and/or discharging the interim order of injunction granted expate by the court.
The House asked that the ruling be set aside because the court lacked the jurisdiction to disallow it from performing its constitutional duties and that the claimant misrepresented facts.
NAN further reports that the Chief Judge vacated the order before constituting the panel.