– Lawmakers in Zamfara vowed to impeach Governor Yari – They accused the governor of misappropriating state fund – The lawmakers urged President Buhari to call security operatives to order Lawmakers in the Zamfara House of Assembly have insisted that there is no going back in their plot to impeach Governor Abdulaziz Yari. The lawmakers claimed the governor had committed six impeachable offences which were so severe that there was no going back
There was tension in the state after operatives of the Department of State Service arrested and detained four principal officers of the Zamfara state House of Assembly for plotting the impeachment of the state governor. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Zamfara state House of Assembly
Those detained in Abuja, according to Daily Trust, include the speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Garba Rikiji, his deputy, Muhammad Abubakar Gumi, the majority leader, Isah Abdulmumini and the chief whip, Abdullahi Dansadau. The remaining 20 members of the House have reportedly fled to Kaduna to evade similar arrest.
Premium Times reports that in a statement issued in Gusau by the chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Information, Mannir Gidan-Jaja, he claimed Governor Yari misappropriated billions of naira from the state treasury. The fund misappropriated include “N11 billion bailout fund, N1 billion agricultural loan released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and “corrupt abuse of local government funds”. The assembly also accused the governor of failing to remit fund deducted from pension of workers. In a statement issued by assembly, the lawmakers claimed the governor had also ignored a resolution of the assembly not to appoint Murtala Jangebe as chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board. Jangebe was accused of having misappropriated over N1 billion belonging to the board in 2014; therefore a vote of no confidence was passed on him by the Assembly.
They also accused the governor of making meaningless trips to foreign countries that brought no benefit to the state. They said the trips had “negative impact on the day-to-day running of government, apart from imposing financial burden on the state.” They called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call security operatives to check and that the arrest of principal lawmakers was interfering in the functions of the legislature against the constitution.
“We are also demanding the unconditional release of our principal officers who are currently under detention with the DSS in Abuja.”