The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has on Tuesday suspended six lawmakers indefinitely over alleged misconduct during the proceedings of the house on Monday.
The lawmakers suspended are Kassim Mohammed-Kassim (APC-Akwanga South), Murtala Sodangi(APC-Nasarawa Central), Mohammed Okpoku (APC-Udege/ Loko, Musa Ali(APC-Keffi East), Makpa Malla (APC-Wamba) and Abubakar Kana (APC-Kokona West).
The deputy speaker of the house, Godiya Akwashiki, who announced the suspension of the members, said thirteen lawmakers and himself have voted in support of a motion moved for the suspension of six of its members who misbehaved during our sitting on Monday.
“These lawmakers are suspended from the house indefinitely without salary and allowances over their misconduct.”
Majority Leader of the house, Tanko Tunga, had earlier moved the motion for the suspension of the lawmakers. He said:
“The action of the six members had caused a confusion which resulted into chaos among members and it is in view of this that I want to move a motion for their suspension so as to serve as deterrent to other lawmakers.”
The suspended lawmakers had alleged that the executive arm of government bribed some members of the house to support the appointment of sole administrators for 11 local government areas by Gov. Tanko Al-Makura.
Reacting to the suspension, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Makpa Malla, who spoke on behalf of the suspended lawmakers, said the action was “a rape of democracy’’ and demands a redress.
“This is ridiculous; they have no basis of doing that because it is an assault on the rule of law. How will they suspend us because we said that the right thing must be done and the rule of law must follow in regard to the appointment of 11 sole administrators?
“We will seek redress; we are law-abiding lawmakers; we know the right thing to be done and we have already briefed our lawyers on the next line of action.”
The house has however, constituted an ad hoc committee to be chaired by the Chairman of its Committee on Public Complaint and Petitions, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim-Alkali, to further look into the matter.