The seven-man panel set up by the former Adamawa State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Ambrose Mammadi to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against Governor Nyako and his Deputy, Bala Ngillari commenced sitting yesterday at the Conference Hall of the Federal Secretariat, Yola, the state capital.
Nyako and his Deputy, Bala Ngillari however, refused to appear before the panel on the ground that it was illegally constituted.
The Chairman of the panel, Alhaji Buba Kaigama, who spoke at the venue, apologised for the one week delay in the commencement of sitting, following the problem of locating a venue but assured that the panel would be fair and just to all the parties involved.
Kaigama also pledged that the panel would announce its sittings through six media.
While presenting the matter before the panel, Counsel to the complainants (Adamawa State House of Assembly) Chief Duro Adeyede, SAN, submitted 23 exhibits including a video clip against Nyako and six other exhibits against Ngillari, which were all accepted by the panel.
During his cross examination by Adeyede, a witness to the House of Assembly and Chairman House Committee on Public Accounts, Mr. Wafarniyi Theman identified all the exhibits as the true certified copies as presented by the House against the Nyako and Ngilari.
On what he wanted the the panel to do for the House, Theman asked the members to investigate the allegations of gross misconduct brought against the two first and second citizens of the state by the House of Assembly as well as declare whether they were guilty of the charges or not.
In view of the failure of the governor and his Deputy to attend or send representations, the Chairman of the panel said he would forward the hearing notices to both of them.