Zamfara State Assembly denies suspending plenary over kidnap of Speaker’s father

The Zamfara State House of Assembly has swiftly reacted to reports that it suspended plenaries in the state until the Speaker’s father and five others regained their freedom from kidnappers.

A press statement signed by the Director-General, Press Affairs of the State Assembly, Mustapha Jafaru Kaura said the House never sat or deliberated on the abduction of the Speaker’s father, neither did it take any decision relating to the incident.

“The House rules regarding taking any decision on any issue or issues are clear, and at no time did the lawmakers meet in the hallowed chamber of the House to take this hasty decision as claimed by some sections of the media” the statement added.

“The lawmakers sat some time on 23rd July this year and resolved to have a break to allow the lawmakers go back to their respective constituencies to effectively monitor the ongoing revalidation of APC membership card exercise across the state.

“Section 101 of the 1999 constitution as amended has spelt out in clear terms the roles of the state Houses of Assembly and the Zamfara State House of Assembly is not an exception to this provision, regular committee sittings and oversight functions are still going on in the House”

“The state House of Assembly under Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya expressed in unequivocal terms its total displeasure and disappointment with the rare display of unprofessionalism and unethical conduct of some media houses in the country that always go to the press without substantiating their facts”

The House urged the general public to disregard such stories as untrue, baseless and unfounded and does not reflect the true situation of things at the state legislative arm of government.