On Monday the Zamfara state house of assembly has reportedly said to have suspended two out of its members, for allegedly aiding and abetting banditry in the state.
The duo who were suspended, was believed to have aided kinappers in abduction, the father of the speaker, and murder of a colleague of theirs.
According to reports; the suspended members, are Yusuf Muhammad Anka representing Anka constituency; and Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura representing Bakura constituency.
This statement was made during a press release, signed by he Director-General Press Affairs of the House, Mustafa Kaura.
This statement reads as thus;
“They have been suspended from the state House of Assembly for three months pending the conclusion of investigations on the allegation leveled against them.
“These are parts of the resolutions reached on Monday night at the House plenary presided over by the Speaker, Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya under matters of urgent public importance.”
During the debate, a member representing Maru North constituency, Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, hasd reportedly told his colleagues that there was a serious and a burning issue in the House, which needs attention quickly, allegations leveled against the two members.
While debating; he states;
“the House should not fold its arms and allow this gross official misconduct by the two members.”
Kanoma further alleged that upon hearing the news of abducting father of the Speaker, late Mu’azu Abubakar Magarya, his colleagues; Yusuf Muhammad Anka and Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura were said to have been jubilating and expressing utmost Joy over the grief news.
He also states; that the two members knows about and were both involved in the killing of late Hon Muhammad G. Ahmed, a former member representing Shinkafi constituency in the state House of Assembly through connivance with the bandits by telephone conversation that led to his killing.
While calling on the security agencies to fully track all their telephone lines and listen to all their conversations, Hon Kanoma also called on his colleagues to, as a matter of urgency, suspend the two lawmakers from all House activities for an initial period of three months pending the conclusion of investigations.
Also contributing, a member representing Birnin Magaji constituency, Hon Nura Dahiru Sabon Birnin Dan Ali strongly backed Hon Kanoma on the issue, saying that his efforts of mediating and negotiating with notorious bandit Bello Turji on so many occasions to secure the release of late Mu’azu Magarya should not go in vain, pointing out that detractors of peace in the state should face the full wrath of the law.
In his ruling on the matter, Speaker Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya approved the request of the House by outright suspension of the two members for the initial period of three months .
Speaker Magarya also directed chairman House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, Hon Kabiru Hashimu Dansadau, to fully investigate these members and report its findings to the plenary in the next three months.
While expressing dismay over their alleged involvement in banditry activities, the Speaker also stripped them of their chairmanship of the House standing committees by assigning Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma to oversee works and transport committee chaired by Yusuf Muhammad Anka.
He also directed Hon Nasiru Atiku Gora to take charge of the humanitarian and social development committee formally headed by Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura.
As reported from PUNCH NEWSPAPERS