By Umar Yusuf
YOLA—A Yola High Court on Monday ordered for full re-instatement of two local Government Chairmen, impeached in controversial circumstances by their legislative chambers in Adamawa state.
Justice Nathan Musa who presided over the court, blamed the removal of the plaintiffs, Girei local Government Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Haman Girei and his Mubi South Local Government counterpart, Engr. Bitrus Habzi over the processes used by their legislative councils to do the act.
He described the procedures of their impeachment as a massacre of fair hearing, while he ordered for full reinstatement of the appellants with payment of all benefits and entitlements that was supposed to have accrued to them from the point of their purported impeachments.
He directed that the re-instated chairmen should be treated immediately as if they were never impeached in their life.
Apart from the two appellants, the Guyuk local government chairman in Adamawa state, Engr. Kube Dwana and Mayo_ Belwa local government chairman, Alhaji Umaru Abbo were equally impeached by their legislative councils in similar situations, Vanguard recalls.
They had dragged their legislative councils and the various secretaries of the local governments to court, challenging the purported impeachments, and also prayed for the court to quash their removals, claiming that it was only on the state radio they heard the announcement.
Justice Musa in the judgment said although the defendants have full constitutional powers to impeach their local government chairmen but, however, refused to comply with section 20 of the local Government Administrative Laws of Adamawa state and Laws of the country as enshrined in the constitution, adding that their actions constituted a flagrant abuse of power.
The court also granted an order of perpetual injunction restraining the councils of the re_instated local Government bosses and their privies from interfering with functions of their office as well as other acts.