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Niger House of Assembly Suspends Minority Leader

The Niger State House of Assembly has suspended its Minority Leader, Hon. Mohammad Nuradeen Umar, over allegation financial inducement against the assembly.

Umar represents Kontagora I  constituency in the assembly.
The lawmaker, who was suspended yesterday at the plenary, had alleged in an interview he granted a national daily on June 12 that the lawmakers were bribed to impeach the two former speakers of the assembly.

He also alleged that he personally sponsored four private member bills since his inauguration in June 2011, some with his colleagues and others with the speaker.
In its unanimous resolution, the assembly suspended him and also barred the lawmaker from the premises of the legislature unless invited.

The assembly also directed its committee on ethnics, public petitions and privileges to investigate the allegations and report back to it.

Earlier, moving a motion on the issue under matters of urgent public attention, Yusuf Kure, representing Paikoro constituency, said the allegations were untrue, malicious and capable of tarnishing the good image of the assembly.

He said the assembly was worried because since the inauguration of the seventh legislature, there had never been such bills in the assembly except the one on the public private partnership and it was not a private bill but forwarded by the executive arm of government.

Kure also described as unfounded the allegation by the suspended lawmaker that the executive arm had been interfering in the affairs of the assembly just to give himself credit.

On the allegation by the suspended legislator that the assembly was not contacted on the ban of commercial motorcycle operators, otherwise known as Okada, Kure said the suspended lawmaker was ignorant of the existing state Road Traffic law cap 118, revised edition 1989 volume 3, section 40.

This, according to him, directly deals with the issue of the ban.

He said under the existing law, the governor was not obliged to forward any bill to the assembly before the ban and the governor acted within the law.

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