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Abia House asks CJ to set up panel to probe Dep gov

By Anayo Okoli

Umuahia— ABIA State House of Assembly has mandated its speaker to direct the state chief judge to urgently set up a panel to investigate allegations of gross misconduct made by majority of lawmakers in the House against the deputy governor of the state, Comrade Chris Akomas.

Twenty-one out of the 24 members of the House of Assembly had moved against the deputy governor of the state, Comrade Chris Akomas, who was served notice of impeachment last week.

Six-point allegations levelled against Deputy governor by 21 lawmakers

Twenty one members of the House had levelled six- point allegations against Akomas, and asked that he be probed in line with section 188 sub-section 1 and 2 of the 1999 Constitution.

At its plenary yesterday, the member representing Aba Central, Mr. Uzo Azubuike, who last week moved the motion, again raised the motion under same  Section 188 of the 1999 Constitution, but this time, under sub-sections 3 and 4.

He urged the speaker of the House, Chief Agwu U. Agwu, to direct the state Chief Judge to set up a panel to investigate the allegations.

The 21 members had last week accused Akomas of willfully absenting himself from office and duty without any lawful excuse or permission.

The lawmakers also said he had consistently and willfully failed, neglected and or refused to attend state functions without lawful excuse.

Accused of not receiving  Dim Ojukwu, Governor Obi

They also accused him of failing to attend the signing of Abia State 2010 Appropriation law and that he refused to appear at Government House Lodge, Umuahia, to receive Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu, Governor Peter Obi and their entourage when they visited the governor 2 July 2010.

The lawmakers equally accused the deputy governor of unlawfully converting public funds to his personal use by causing and or directing proceeds from official cheques meant for government work to be paid into his private bank account, among others.


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