BY Abel Daniel
LAFIA—There were indications yesterday that the Nasarawa State House of Assembly would serve its impeachment notice on Governor Umar Tanko Al-Makura through the media, following alleged inability of the Clerk of the House to serve the governor personally with the notice.
The motion for impeachment proceeding against Al-Makura for gross misconduct, was raised Monday during plenary through a motion brought under urgent matters of public importance by Mohammed Ibaku, PDP, representing Udege/Loko and seconded by Mohammed Okpede, PDP, representing Doma North Constituency.
Addressing reporters yesterday in his office in Lafia, the state capital, the Clerk of the House, Ego Abashe, said that he had made two attempts to serve the impeachment notice on the governor at the Government House but was prevented by security personnel at the gate.
Abashe further said that following the development, the House would be left with no other option than to serve the governor the notice through the media, since he could not be reached personally.
Vanguard gathered in Lafia that tension had enveloped the state even as fear had gripped Governor Al-Makura’s camp since the lawmakers resolved Monday, to set up the impeachment panel to investigate the alleged misconduct.
It was, however, gathered that the lawmakers had since moved out of the state and relocated to Abuja for security reasons.
The Chairman of House Committee on Information and Security, Mohammed Ibaku, accused Al-Makura of allegedly siphoning so much money from government coffers, hence he had consequently lost the morality to continue in office.
He also stressed that the governor had planted his cohorts in key government departments to pilfer public funds, even as state and local government funds amounting to over N2 billion had been misappropriated by the governor.
According to Ibaku, the government was also being served impeachment notice over alleged misappriation of SURE-P and flood victims’ funds sent to the state by the Federal Government in 2012 among other charges.