Gusau - Gov Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State has reportedly ordered the arrest of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, his deputy, Muhammad Gumi and other principal officers of the Assembly, reports Premium Times.
They were arrested by operatives from the State Security Services (DSS) over accusation of plotting to impeach the governor.
The lawmakers are currently being detained in Abuja.
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Others arrested include the House majority leader, Isah Abdulmumini, and the chief whip of the house, Abdullahi Dansadau.
The arrest of the principal officers has led other members of the House to flee the state to Kaduna, reports NewsDay.
Trouble began for the lawmakers after the assembly called for a special sitting with Governor Yari to discuss what it called “the difficult situation the state found itself” especially as regards governance of the state and how to find a way out.
However, the lawmakers said the governor misunderstood their mission and assumed that it was just a ploy to impeach him, hence his decision to order their arrest and detention.
The fleeing lawmakers have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in what they described as abuse of office by Governor Yari.
- News 24