Zamfara Assembly Suspends Two Lawmakers for Aiding Kidnap Speaker’s Father, Colleague’s Murder

THE Zamfara House of Assembly on Monday suspended two of its members, Yusuf Muhammad Anka and Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura, representing Anka constituency and Bakura constituencies respectively, over alleged involvement in aiding and abetting banditry in the state.

They are also alleged to been involved in the abduction of the Speaker’s father and the murder of another member of the house.

“The duo being suspended from the state House of Assembly for three months pending the conclusion of investigations on the allegation leveled against them.

They are to appear before the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges in conjunction with security agencies that are assigned by law to investigate 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
,” a statement issued by the press secretary, said.

While considering the matter at plenary, the member representing Maru North constituency, Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, informed other members that there was a burning issue in the House, of serious allegations leveled against the two members, adding that it was important the house acted with dispatch over the issue.

According to Kanoma, the two members jubulated when the Speaker’s father, late Mu’azu Abubakar Magarya, was kidnapped just as they did over their other colleague’s adding that the two members were the brains behind 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.

“…the House should not fold its arms and allow this gross official misconduct by the two members,” Kanoma said.

Karoma, who called on security agencies to fully track all their telephone lines and listen to all their conversations, 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.

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. He 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.

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