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Zamfara: DSS detains Speaker, others over threat to impeach Governor
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Zamfara: DSS detains Speaker, others over threat to impeach Governor

Speaker of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, 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 have all been allegedly detained by the Department of State Security (DSS) over the threat to impeach Governor Abdul’aziz Yari.

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 and 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, among others.

Meanwhile, just two days ago, 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.

 

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