The Zamfara State House of Assembly has suspended two members for three months for allegedly celebrating the kidnapping of the father of the Speaker of the Assembly by bandits.
The two suspended lawmakers are Ibrahim Tudu-Tukur and Yusuf Anka, representing Bakura and Anka respectively.
Mustapha Jaafar, spokesman of the Assembly, who confirmed the suspension to newsmen, said that the two lawmakers were suspended for “celebrating when the Speaker’s father and other relatives were kidnapped” last month at his country home in Magarya. The Speaker’s father reportedly died in the hands of the bandits.
“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,” Jaafar said.
He said that Yusuf Kanoma, a member of the House, raised the issue at the plenary yesterday, alleging that the two lawmakers “were suspected by members of the public of aiding bandits.”
“Kanoma further alleged that during the kidnap saga of the father of the Speaker, late Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar Magarya, in particular Yusuf Muhammad Anka and Ibrahim Tukur Bakura were said to have been jubilating over the issue.”