The Speaker of Zamfara State House of Assembly, Sanusi Rikiji, his deputy, Muhammad Gumi and other principal officers of the assembly have been arrested by the State Security Services.
The lawmakers were flown to Abuja after the governor accused them of plotting to impeach him from office.
Other house leaders arrested include the house majority leader, Isah Abdulmumini, and the Chief Whip of the house, Abdullahi Dansadau.
In a statement, signed by the House Committee Chairman on Information, Mannir Aliyu Gidan Jaja, the lawmakers had accused the governor of “corrupt usage of local government funds for state purposes.”
Other charges against the governors by the legislators include “Inadequate explanation of N1 billion commercial agriculture (CBN) loan, non-remittance of pension funds to pension administrators, non-remittance of 5 percent emirate councils funds, the gross misappropriation of bailout funds to the state by the federal government to settle workers’ salaries, including N10b for 2014 and N1.46b in 2016.”