Supreme Court Sacked 5 State Governors in Nigeria
The high court of justice in Nigeria, Supreme Court of Nigeria has confirmed it that it has sacked five state governors in the country. Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa state topped the list of the governors that were sacked by the high court of law sitting at Abuja.
Yesterday, Supreme Court of Justice ends the tenure of five state governors namely Alhaji Ibrahim Idris (Kogi), Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) ended May 2011.
A seven-man panel of justices that was led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Musdapher collectively agreed that the five governors were not entitled to stay beyond May 29, 2001.
The Supreme Court further held that the intention of the lawmakers was that:
“no governor should spend more than four years tenure in office except he was re-elected for another four years.”
The Nation Nigeria reports that these five governors were being asked to go back home without any further comment. Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen who was the person read the lead judgment said that, to allow the governors to spend more than four years would lead to absurdity.
He also said that such an interpretation was against common sense.
[AllAfrica contributed immensely to this report]