Principal officers of the Zamfara State House of Assembly were yesterday quizzed and detained by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) over an alleged threat by the House to impeach Governor Abdul’aziz Yari.
Also, members of the Benue State Assembly nearly engaged in exchange of blows over allegations of N750 million car loan scandal. Confirming the arrest of the principal officers yesterday, a member of the House, who was on his way from Abuja to Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, Hon. Aminu Abubakar Danjibga, told New Telegraph on the telephone that those in detention were the Speaker of the House, Hon. Sanusi Garba Rikiji; the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abubakar Mohammed Gummi; House Leader, Hon. Isa Abdul’mumini Mafara; the Chief Whip and the Deputy Chief Whip.
The youth wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state had, on Monday, attacked the Speaker, over the impeachment threat. Rikiji had, along with 23 other members of the House, escaped lynching after the attack by the angry APC youths, who staged a peaceful demonstration in Gusau against any alleged plan or move by the lawmakers to impeach Yari.
The angry youths, who in their hundreds had, about 4:30p.m., stormed the residence of the Speaker, located at the GRA, Sokoto Road in Gusau, where all the lawmakers were suspected to have gathered for a meeting for the removal of the governor.
The youth attacked and destroyed several vehicles belonging to the lawmakers, who escaped being lynched by a whisker from the meeting. The House was reported to have been sealed off by the police who refused to allow any member of the House and other staff entry into the complex.
The Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, who doubles as Acting Chairman, House Committee on Information, Hon. Dayyabu Adamu Rijiya, however, debunked the impeachment allegation.
According to him, the motive behind the meeting at the Speaker’s residence was to address the issue of bailout funds released by the Federal Government Standand how the money was spent by the state government, the problem of deduction of salary of the civil servants, the issue of 1,400 employed youths by the state government about two years ago without putting them on the payroll, sacking of local government workers under the guise of ghost workers