- Governor Matawalle of Zamfara has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Chika Ibrahim
- The district head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmad Lawal, was also suspended
- According to the state government, the duo were suspended after series of complaints about them on their alleged involvement in banditry
The Zamfara government has announced the immediate suspension of a first class traditional ruler, the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, over alleged involvement with bandits in the state.
The suspension is contained in a statement signed by Yusuf Idris, director-general to the governor on press affairs, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Thursday, June 6.
The statement also announced the suspension of Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, the district head of Kanoma. Recall that Kanoma was attacked during the Sallah celebration.
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“His Excellency, the Zamfara State Governor, Hon. (Dr) Bello Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim (Banagan Maru).
“The governor also approved the suspension of the district head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal (Bunun Kanoma),” the statement read in part.
The statement said Ibrahim and Lawal would “remain suspended pending the conclusion of an investigative panel soon to be set up by the state government”.
According to the statement, the suspensions followed series of complaints from the communities regarding the traditional rulers’ alleged dealings with bandits.
The statement directed the suspended emir to handover his official vehicle and all other government property in his possession to the most senior district head.
“The district head is also directed to handover same to the most senior village head in the area,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 16 people were killed while 14 others were injured after suspected bandits reportedly launched an attack on the people of Kanoma community in Maru local government area of Zamfara state.
Confirming the attack in a press statement in Gusau on Wednesday, June 6, the director-general on media to the state governor, Yusuf Idris, said the governor visited the community and sympathised with them.
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