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Friday, 16 December 2016

Supreme Court rejects Nyako’s appeal to be reinstated Adamawa governor


The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, urging it to reinstate him as governor.

Nyako was sacked by the Adamawa State House of Assembly on July 15, 2014, just 10 months to the completion of his second term.

The Justice Tanko Muhammad-led seven man panel agreed with the ruling of the Appeal Court that his removal was illegal.
The panel however said the “special facts” of the case while at the lower court makes it unable to reinstate Nyako.  The panel said Nyako’s counsel had withdrawn the the prayer seeking the ex-governor’s reinstatement.

He ruled, “Because of the special facts enunciated in this appeal, that fact of compromising his case by his counsel is a cross that the appellant (Nyako) will continue to bear.

“So, there will never be a forum again where that issue of reinstatement would be raised again, and to that extent, that informs my dismissal of the appeal in its entirety.”

Justice Tanko Muhammad and other members of the apex court’s panel, comprising Justices Clara Ogunbiyi, Mary Peter-Odili, Chima Nweze and Amir Sanusi, agreed with the lead judgment prepared by Justice Dattijo Mohammed.

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