Zamfara Govt Sues 8 Suspended Lawmakers for Alleged Burglary

The Zamfara State Government has filed a criminal case at the Magistrate Court in Gusau against eight suspended state lawmakers. They are accused of breaking into offices at the State House of Assembly to search for the mace, in order to conduct an unlawful plenary sitting. The case was brought before Chief Magistrate Rukubatu Aliyu Kanoma.

The State Attorney General’s representative stated that on February 22, 2024, the accused lawmakers forcefully entered the office of the Sergeant-at-Arms and the office of the Clerk to the House of Assembly, taking unspecified valuable items and abandoning the mace.

The accused lawmakers are Hon. Shamsudeen Hassan, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara, Hon. Nasiru Abdullahi, Hon. Bashir Aliyu Gummi, Hon. Basiru Bello Bungudu, Hon. Amiru Ahmad Keta, Hon. Ibrahim T. Tukur, and Hon. Bashiru Abubakar.

The charge against them is a direct Criminal Complaint under sections 122 (A) and 123(1)(c) of the Zamfara State Administration of Criminal Justice Law-2023. The Attorney General requested a warrant of arrest or criminal summons against the defendants.

The Counsel for the defendants objected, claiming the court lacked jurisdiction. The case was adjourned to May 30, 2024, for a ruling on jurisdiction.