Suspension: Kano lawmakers suspended by speaker hit back

Suspension: Kano lawmakers suspended by speaker hit back

- Two of the five members of Kano assembly suspended by the House speaker have fired back

- Mohammad Bello and Alhaji Labaran Abdul Madari said their suspension is illegal 'because the process followed was faulty'

- Kano assembly led by Speaker Abdulazeez Gafasa announced the suspension of the five members on Monday over alleged misconduct

Two of five members of Kano assembly suspended for six months on Monday, March 17, over misconduct and violation of House rule have described their suspension as illegal and invalid.

Alhaji Mohammad Bello Butu-Butu and Alhaji Labaran Abdul Madari issued the rejoinder to their suspensions while briefing the press in Kano state. recalls that there was confusion in Kano on Monday, March 16, as the state assembly suspended five lawmakers for six months over a fracas that broke out last week which led to the disruption of the plenary process.

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The suspension trailed the removal of Muhammadu Sanusi II as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje-led government.

During a sitting last week, a report recommending the dethronement of Sanusi II resulted in a fight between APC and PDP members inside the assembly.

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Mohammad Bello Butu Butu and Alhaji Labaran Abdul Madari said their suspension is illegal.
Source: UGC

The crisis started on Monday morning, March 9, when the deputy speaker, Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, sought the approval of the House to present a report by a committee which investigated a petition against the emir for alleged violation of culture and tradition of the state.

At the resumed sitting on Monday, Speaker Abdulazeez Gafasa announced the suspension of the erring members for misconduct and violation of the rules of the house.

But reacting to the suspension, Butu-Butu said that the rule of the assembly permitted him to raise a point of order, of which he was not permitted to talk.

Butu-Butu also added that his suspension cannot stand because his offence was not properly read and directed to the committee on House on ethics and privileges.

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Another lawmaker, Labaran Abdul Madari (Warawa constituency), submitted that “our suspension is invalid, because the process followed was faulty, as the standing rules of the House was not followed appropriately.”

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Meanwhile, reported that Sheikh Abubakar Gumi suggested that monarchy institution should be abolished because it is a tool in the hand of politicians.

The Islamic cleric said Muhammadu Sanusi's removal by Kano government suggested that the system is 'archaic and overdue.'

Gumi berated the deposed emir for being hypocritical, adding that Sanusi rode in Rolls Royce when his subjects languished in abject poverty. ( -> We have updated to serve you better Nigeria.

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