The Zamfara House of Assembly on Wednesday listed six impeachable offences committed by Governor Abdulaziz Yari, citing them as reasons lawmakers are pushing for his impeachment.
In a statement issued by the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Information, Mannir Gidan-Jaja, the governor was accused of misappropriating billions of naira from the state coffers.
In the list, the money allegedly misappropriated by the governor includes N11 billion bailout fund, N1 billion agricultural loan released to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and “corrupt abuse of local government funds”.
The Zamfara house of assembly also accused the governor of failing to remit funds deducted for pensions and gratuities to pension fund administrators as provided by law, adding that the governor had also ignored a resolution of the assembly not to appoint Murtala Jangebe as Chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board.
It said that the assembly had passed a vote of no confidence in Jangebe, after he was allegedly found to have misappropriated over N1 billion belonging to the board in 2014.
The governor was also accused of frequent foreign trips which have had negative impact on the day-to-day running of government, apart from imposing financial burden on the state.
The lawmakers condemned the arrest of the Speaker, his Deputy, Majority Whip and supporting staff of the assembly by the Department of States Security Services, describing it as a clear interference in the functions of the legislature as enshrined in the Constitution.
In the statement, members of the Zamfara house of assembly urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the SSS against further interference in the matter. The statement added:
“We are also demanding the unconditional release of our principal officers who are currently under detention with the DSS in Abuja.”