Adamawa Assembly accuses suspended member of extortion
THE crisis rocking Adamawa State House of Assembly has taken another dimension, as the embattled members loyal to the speaker, Alhaji Kabiru Mijinyawa, have leveled a fresh allegation of extortion against the suspended member, Alhaji Abdullraman Isa, representing Mubi-South council.
The spokesman of the Assembly, Mr. Hassan Burguma, told reporters yesterday in Yola that the lawmaker was suspended over persistent demanding of monies from ministries and contractors in the state.
“We warned Hon. Isa over demanding money from ministries and contractors. His attitude was becoming an embarrassment to this honourable house, we have no other option than to suspend him.’’
The angry lawmakers after a three hour meeting in the speaker’s office addressed newsmen on the allegations leveled against the speaker’s group which included squandering over N366 million in two months and illegally approving over N28 billion without a supplementary budget.
Burguma, who admitted the massive approvals for the governor within just four months when the governor has not constituted his cabinet claimed that those approvals were in the interest of the state.
On the N366 million for the Assembly members, he admitted that the money was for attending workshops and other legislative activities within and outside the country, pointing out that their predecessors spent over one billion naira on such activities.
However, the spokesman of the House could not provide answers on the allegations that the Assembly members were given a huge amount of money from the governor to approve the controversial virement of N11 billion, which led to the Assembly’s crisis.
The speaker’s group approved the controversial virement when the appropriation committee headed by the suspended member was yet to submit his report on his investigation concerning the alleged fraud over the bailout and other questionable financial dealings of the state government.
Burguma who accused the suspended lawmaker of fabricating lies to indict the members of the Adamawa Assembly, said that the House will not fold its hands and watch one of them put to ridicule the integrity of the lawmakers because of what he described as personal and selfish interest.