Zamfara Gov Suspends Traditional Ruler for Turbaning Bandits Kingpin
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has suspended the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area, Alhaji Aliyu Marafa, for conferring a chieftaincy title on a terrorist/banditry kingpin, Ado Alero.
Until his title conferment, Alero has been declared wanted by the Nigeria Police with a N5million bounty as a reward for whoever that provides information that would lead to his arrest.
Alero was turbaned as the Sarkin Fulani by the Emir on Saturday.
The decision to confer the title on the terrorist/banditry kingpin was premised on the pivotal role he played during a recent peace process locally arranged between the Emirate and the terror/bandits terrorising Tsafe Local Government Area.
However, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe Sardauna, the government distanced itself from all the processes and announced the suspension of the emir with immediate effect.
It assigned the District Head of ‘Yandoto, Alh. Mahe Garba Marafa, to take charge of the affairs of the Emirate.
The government also raised a six-man committee chaired by Yahaya Chado Gora to investigate the circumstances leading to the action of the Emir.
The statement reads:
“This is to inform the general public the Zamfara State Government has dissociated itself from the alleged turbaning of a Sarkin Fulani by the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area. In this regard, the State Executive Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON (Shattiman Sokoto) has directed for suspension of the Emir with immediate effect.
2. Accordingly, the Executive Governor has approved the appointment of a Committee to investigate the circumstances leading to the action of the Emir. The composition of the Committee is as follows:
a) Hon. Yahaya Chado Gora = Chairman
b) Hon. Yahaya Mohd Kanoma = Member
c) Hon. Muhd Umar B/Magaji = ”
d) Hon. Lawal Abubakar Zannah = ”
e) Isa Muhd Moriki (Rtd P/Sec) = ”
f) Bar. Musa Garba
SG/PSec. MOJ = Secretary
3. In the meantime, Alh. Mahe Garba Marafa, who is the District Head of ‘Yandoto is hereby assigned to take charge of the affairs of the Emirate”.
Kabiru Balarabe Sardauna
(Lamidon Kaura Namoda)
Secretary to the State Government