Eight Zamfara lawmakers drag speaker, attorney-general to court

Eight suspended members of the Zamfara State House of Assembly have dragged the speaker, Bilyaminu Moriki, the state attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Abdulaziz Sani (SAN), to court over the breach of their constitutional rights to liberty, dignity of human person and fair hearing.

Also named in the suit include the Clerk of the State Assembly, Mahmoud Mohammed; the Nigeria Police Force (NPF); the Commissioner of Police Zamfara State Command, Mohammed Dalijan; and the Department of State Service (DSS).

The counsel to the lawmakers, Ibrahim Alli, said his clients alleged that the embattled speaker in connection with the police, DSS, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), have embarked on an attempt to arrest and prosecute them on grounds that 17 members of the State Assembly had sat on February 22, 2024, for a plenary session, and for breaking into the Zamfara State House of Assembly.

Although the case was for hearing at the Federal High Court on Monday, there were complaints from the registry, that some respondents such as the police, the Director of the DSS, and some others were yet to be served.

The counsel to the eight suspended state lawmakers, Ibrahim Alli, then sought a date for the matter to be heard, to enable them to serve the other respondents.

The Presiding judge, Justice Aminu Bappa, granted the motion and adjourned the case to April 29, 2024.

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