Posted by Grand News | 26 September 2018 | 806 times
An Imo State High Court on Tuesday nullified the impeachment of the Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, from office by the state House of Assembly.
The presiding judge, Benjamin Iheka, in his ruling nullified the removal, as it was said not to have followed due process.
Mr Madumere was on July 30 sacked by 19 of the 27 members of the Imo House of Assembly about same time a court in the state barred the lawmakers from removing the deputy governor from office.
The Assembly had earlier received a report by a seven-member panel set up by the state chief judge which allegedly indicted Mr Madumere of gross misconduct and abandoning his duty for three months. But the High Court Judge, Mr Iheka, had then issued an interim order restraining the panel from submitting its report, thus halting the removal proceedings.
The state assembly nonetheless went ahead to sack the deputy governor.
In his Tuesday ruling, Mr Iheka declared the lawmakers’ action “invalid and of no legal effect”. He further slammed Paschal Nnadi, chief judge of the state, and Militus Nlemadim, the commissioner for justice, for not adhering to the provisions of section 188(5) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
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