By Ahmed Tukur – Lafia
Former Nasarawa State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Innocent Lagi, has described the recent donation of 50 hectares of land to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission EFCC by Governor Umaru Al-Makura as illegal and unconstitutional.
Speaking with DAILY NIGERIAN in Lafia on Wednesday, Mr Lagi said that since the land is not a personal property of the state governor, it could not be donated at will without following due process and proper procedure.
According to him, the donation is not contained in the state’s budget, hence it could not be given to anti-graft agency or any agencies without appropriation.
Mr Lagi explained that the governor needed the approval of the State Assembly either through budget or consent for proper documentation.
“The governor doesn’t own land, the government of Nasarawa state does, and he must get the approval of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly to donate that land since it is not budgeted to be donated.
“So where does the governor get the power or resources to make such donation? It is not his personal property and, as such, cannot give out the property that is not appropriated,” he submitted.
However, when contacted, the current Commissioner for Justice, Abdulkarim Kana, said that the donation is legal and constitutional.
According to him, the governor only needed the approval of the State Executive Council to donate the government’s property.
“The governor does not require the state assembly’s approval to donate state property but the Executive Council Approval. The State Assembly is only there to make laws,” he explained.