Two politicians have been suspended from the Zamfara State House of Assembly due to alleged connections to bandits.
Yusuf Muhammad, Anka, who represents the Anka Constituency, and Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura, who represents the Bakura Constituency, have been suspended for three months.
According to Mustapha Jafaru Kaura, the Assembly’s Director General of Press Affairs and Public Relations, the MPs will not return to the chamber until the inquiry into the allegations against them is completed.
They will also testify before the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, as well as security agencies tasked by law with investigating them. These are among the resolutions passed just now in the House plenary, which was presided over by Speaker of the House Rt Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, on subjects of urgent public significance,” Kaura remarked.
Member from Maru North, Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma, led the debate quickly after each and every member swore an oath, drawing the attention of his colleagues to the “hot topic” in the House.
He stated that the house should not be complacent in the face of the severe allegations made against the two members.
Kanoma further claimed that during the kidnapping incident of the late Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar Magarya’s father, Yusuf Muhammad Anka and Ibrahim T Tukur Bakura, in particular, were ecstatic about the situation.
He further claimed that the two politicians were responsible for the death of Hon Muhammad G. Ahmad (Walin Jangeru), a former member of the state House of Assembly who represented the Shinkafi seat.
He alleged that they disclosed information via which the dead was tracked by bandits. He requested that security agencies trace all of their phone lines and listen in on all of their discussions.
Hon Nura Dahiru Sabon birnin Dan Ali, a member representing Birnin Magaji constituency, agreed with his colleague, adding that efforts to negotiate with known bandit Bello Turji on numerous occasions to gain the release of late speaker’s father should not go in vain.
The speaker, Rt Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya, approved the outright suspension of the two members in his judgement on the subject.
Speaker Magarya further asked Hon Kabiru Hashimu Dansadau, chairman of the House Committee on Ethics and Privileges, to conduct a thorough investigation into these MPs and report his findings to the plenary.
While expressing his displeasure with their alleged involvement in banditry, the state’s top lawmaker also removed them from their positions as chairmen of House standing committees.