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Kaduna House Impeachment Saga: Former Deputy Speaker, two others get nine months’ suspension, five reprimanded

by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna

The Kaduna Assembly had on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020, suspended three of its members from the activities of the House for the period of nine months for obstructing its activities and attempted bribe.

The House also reprimanded five other members and asked them to tender apology to the House in writing and publication in a national daily within one week, from 11th August instant.

The suspension and reprimand followed the roles the affect members played in causing contempt to the House, which according to the code of conduct of the state and National Assembly (2000), states that “Any member, who assaults or obstructs a member of the House, obstructs any officer, or found to be convicted of any offence under the Legislative Houses and, if investigated and found guilty by the ethics and privileges committee of the House, shall be reprimanded.”

Presenting the report before the floor of the House, chairman of the committee on ethics and privileges, Alhaji Shehu Yunusa, of Kubau Constituency said the suspended members whose names include Hon. Mukhtar Isa Hazo of Basawa constituency, Hon. Nuhu Goroh Shadalafiya of Kagarko constituency and Hon. Yusuf Liman Dahiru were suspended for causing disaffection, attempted bride among members and action against the office of the Deputy Speaker, which led to vote-of-no-confidence on him, conspiring and attempt to bribe some members with monetary commitment, which led to the disorderly conduct exhibited during the sitting of the House on the 11th of June, and action, which caused disarray within the precincts of the chamber at the sitting of same day, respectively.

Alhaji Yunusa e also listed the members that were reprimanded to include, Hon. Salish Isa (Magajin Gari Constituency), Rt. Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali (Sabon Gari Constituency), Hon. Abdul Wahab Idris (Ikara Constituency), Hon. Yusuf Salihu (Kawo Constituency) and Hon. Nasiru Usman (Tudun Wada Constituency).

Meanwhile, the bill for a law to amend the Kaduna state Penal Code 2017, before the House scaled through the second reading and has been referred to the committee on Judiciary for further study to report back on 18th August, 2020.

The bill, which seeks to amend Section 258 of the Principal Law, is to be amended so as to make it more effective in protecting the citizens of the state, particularly women and children against sexual violence.

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