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The Right to Fair Hearing of An Elected Politician Must Be Respected in an Impeachment Proceeding- Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi v. Barr. Nasiru Audu Dangiri & Ors (2014) LPELR-24020

 

Introduction.

On 21st November 2014, the Supreme Court of the Federal Republic of Nigeria held that the impeachment of Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, the erstwhile Deputy Governor of Taraba State (“the Appellant”), by the Taraba State House of Assembly on 4th October 2012, was null and void. According to the Supreme Court, this was because the impeachment panel that investigated the allegations of gross misconduct against the Deputy Governor infringed on his right to fair hearing. The Supreme Court therefore ordered that the Appellant should resume immediately as the Deputy Governor of Taraba State.

The decision of the Supreme Court is a landmark one which would have a tremendous effect on impeachment jurisprudence in Nigeria. This is because the issues addressed by the judgment of the Court are very important in understanding the proper procedure for impeaching an elected office holder. We shall therefore highlight some of these issues in this paper with a view to contributing to the ongoing debate on the impeachment of elected officeholders in Nigeria.

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