DSS operatives arrest Zamfara speaker, others over plot to remove Yari

By Abubakar Argungu, Gusau with agency reports

The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, his deputy, Muhammad Gumi and other principal officers have been arrested by men of the State Security Services on the orders of the state governor, Abdulaziz Yari.

The Hausa service of the Voice of America reported Wednesday that the lawmakers were in detention in Abuja after the governor accused them of plotting to impeach him from office.

Others arrested alongside Rikiji include the Majority Leader, Isah Abdulmumini, and the chief whip of the house, Abdullahi Dansadau.

According to the VOA, 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.

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