Garba Umar, the acting governor of Taraba state, has been sacked by the Supreme Court.
The former deputy governor, Sanni Danladi, who was impeached two years ago, has now been reinstated and will be the acting governor until the governor, Dambaba Suntai, is fit to return to office.
In October 2012, Danladi was impeached by the Taraba State House of Assembly for “gross misconduct”.
His lawyer, Kanu Agabi, had challenged the competence of the state acting chief judge, Josephine Tukur, who set up the panel that investigated Danladi.
He argued, among other things, that Tukur had overstayed in her acting position by three months.
But he lost at the high court in Taraba and the court of appeal which insisted that the impeachment followed due process.
Sylvester Ngwuta, a justice of the Supreme Court who delivered the lead judgment on Friday, set aside the judgments of the lower courts, saying they ought to have resolved the issue of fair hearing.
Umar was appointed deputy governor after Danladi’s impeachment.
Governor Suntai was involved in an air mishap a month after the impeachment and is still undergoing rehabilitation.