Kogi State deputy governor impeached

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The Kogi State House of Assembly today impeached the deputy governor, Mr. Simon Achuba.

His impeachment followed the submission earlier in the day of the report of the committee set up by the state chief judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against the former deputy governor.

Leader of the House, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, representing Ajaokuta state constituency who announced the decision of the House, said Achuba “stands impeached after careful consideration of the report of the John Bayeshea committee submitted earlier on Friday.”

He said the report was received, studied and deliberated upon and a unanimous decision was arrived at to impeach Achuba and “he therefore stands impeached.”

The seven-man committee headed by Bayeshea submitted the report to the speaker, Mr. Mathew Kolawole on Friday, in a brief ceremony after which the House went into a closed door session where the report was considered and deliberated upon.

The committee was set up in August following allegations of gross misconduct leveled against Achuba when he accused  the governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and impress since 2017 — an allegation denied by the government during hearing by the committee.

Majority leader of the house, Mr. Abdullahi Bello, representing Ajaokuta state constituency, had at a plenary read a petition signed by 21 out of the 25 members of the assembly.

“We the members of the Kogi State House of Assembly have in the past few weeks and days watched keenly the actions and utterances of the deputy governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba both in public and national television with regards to the government of Kogi State, the governor of Kogi State and other key officials of the state government especially the allegations of crimes, financial misappropriation and non-performance levelled against them.”

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