Banditry: Remove, jail any emir, traditional leader found guilty - Sultan to governors

Banditry: Remove, jail any emir, traditional leader found guilty - Sultan to governors

- Governors have been urged by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, to remove and prosecute any traditional leader found guilty of supporting any act of insecurity

- The sultan described the alleged involvement of some emirs and district heads in banditry, as sad and worrisome

- Abubakar also suggested the same treatment for religious leaders found supporting any act of insecurity, and encouraged dialogue to put an end to the menace

Governors have been urged by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, to remove and prosecute any traditional leader found guilty of supporting any act of insecurity in his domain.

The royal father made the call on Monday, October 14 during a one-day town hall meeting on security for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states, Daily Trust reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the sultan described the alleged involvement of some emirs and district heads in banditry, as sad and worrisome.

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He said: “It is very sad that traditional rulers, who are the custodians of our culture and religion, are engaged in nefarious acts. We are going to support any governor to take any necessary actions against any traditional ruler who is found guilty.

“Don’t only remove him because removal is not a punishment but prosecute and even jail him if found guilty. Because there must be discipline, there must be a check to the prevailing security situation in the country.”

Abubakar also suggested the same treatment for religious leaders found supporting any act of insecurity.

He assured the governors of his support for programmes that would end banditry and other forms of insecurity in the region.

Abubakar also encouraged dialogue to put an end to the menace. He said: “If United States of America can dialogue with Taliban, our governors should also reach out to these bandits and kidnappers, know their reasons for engaging in the act and convince them to renounce it.”

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that a committee set up by the Zamfara government to probe the activities of bandits in the state indicted five emirs and 33 district heads.

In a 300-page report presented to Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle, the committee recommended the removal of the traditional rulers.

The committee headed by a former inspector general of police, Muhammad Abubakar, submitted its report on Friday, October 11.

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