Gov’s Im­peach­ment: Zam­fara Speaker, Deputy in DSS net

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - From Shehu Umar, Gusau

The speaker of Zam­fara State House of As­sem­bly, Al­haji Sanusi Garba Rik­iji, his deputy, Muham­mad Abubakar Gumi, the ma­jor­ity leader, Isah Ab­dul­mu­mini and the chief whip, Ab­dul­lahi Dansadau have been ar­rested by op­er­a­tives of the Depart­ment of State Ser­vice (DSS) and de­tained in Abuja over their al­leged plan to im­peach Gov­er­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­li­ably gath­ered that the re­main­ing 20 mem­bers of the As­sem­bly have fled to Kaduna, where they is­sued a state­ment, last night, call­ing on Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari to in­ter­vene in what they de­scribed as abuse of of­fice by Gov­er­nor Yari. Though the leg­is­la­tors were short of say­ing they would im­peach the gov­er­nor, they ac­cused him of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing fi­nan­cial al­lo­ca­tion to the state, and fail­ing to im­ple­ment the bud­get in the last five years.

The state­ment, which was signed by the House Com­mit­tee Chair­man on In­for­ma­tion, Man­nir Aliyu Gi­dan Jaja, also ac­cused the gov­er­nor of “cor­rupt us­age of lo­cal gov­ern­ment funds for state pur­poses.”

Other charges against the gov­er­nors by the leg­is­la­tors in­clude “In­ad­e­quate ex­pla­na­tion of N1 bil­lion com­mer­cial agri­cul­ture (CBN) loan, non-re­mit­tance of pen­sion funds to pen­sion ad­min­is­tra­tors, non-re­mit­tance of 5 per­cent emi­rate coun­cils funds, the gross mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of bailout funds to the state by the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to set­tle work­ers’ salaries, in­clud­ing N10b for 2014 and N1.46b in 2016.”

The as­sem­bly mem­bers also ac­cused Gov­er­nor Yari of crip­pling gov­er­nance in the state through his con­stant trav­el­ling abroad and his re­fusal to ad­dress the is­sues raised by them.

“Rather he re­sorted to po­lit­i­cal in­tim­i­da­tion, ar­rest and de­ten­tion of prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers of the House and other sup­port­ing staff.”

The state­ment, there­fore, called on Pres­i­dent Buhari to give di­rec­tive for un­con­di­tional re­lease of the af­fected of­fi­cers.

Mean­while, the Zam­fara State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Mr Is­ti­fanus Shat­tima, has said that he has de­ployed ad­di­tional op­er­a­tives to stop mis­cre­ants from dis­rupt­ing nor­mal ac­tiv­i­ties at the House of As­sem­bly.

Shat­tima told Daily Trust that de­ploy­ment of troops to the As­sem­bly was in re­sponse to the ac­tion of a mob which at­tacked the pri­vate res­i­dence of the speaker.

The at­tack at the speaker’s res­i­dence fol­lowed a ru­mour cir­cu­lat­ing in the state and the so­cial me­dia, to the ef­fect that mem­bers of the House of As­sem­bly were plan­ning to im­peach gov­er­nor Yari.

When con­tacted to com­ment on the de­vel­op­ment, the state com­mis­sioner of in­for­ma­tion, Umar Jibo Bukuyum, did not pick his call or re­spond to a text mes­sage.

Gov. Ab­du­laziz Yari

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