The Zamfara State House of Assembly on Wednesday listed six offences for which it plans to impeach the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari.
The impeachable offences were listed by the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Information, Mannir Gidan-Jaja, in a statement on Wednesday in Gusau, the state capital.
The offences include:
1. Misappropriating N11 billion bailout fund.
2. Misappropriating N1 billion agricultural loan released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)
3. Corrupt abuse of local government funds.
4. Failing to remit funds deducted for pensions and gratuities to pension fund administrators as provided by law.
5. Ignoring a resolution of the assembly not to appoint Murtala Jangebe as Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board. Jangebe allegedly misappropriated over N1 billion belonging to the board in 2014 and was consequently rejected by the lawmakers.
6. Frequent foreign trips which have depleted the state’s resources and negatively impacted the day-to-day running of government.
The Zamfara lawmakers however accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of arresting its Speaker, Deputy speaker, Majority Whip and supporting staff of the assembly in order to interfere with the functions of the legislature. They urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the DSS against further interference in the matter.
“We are also demanding the unconditional release of our principal officers who are currently under detention with the DSS in Abuja,” the statement said.
Gov. Yari is the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum. Two days ago he held a closed door meeting at the presidential villa with President Muhammadu Buhari but the details of the discussion were not disclosed.