- Governor Bello Matawalle has suspended two high ranking monarchs in Zamfara in his efforts to end banditry in the state
- The affected monarchs, the Emir of Dansadau and the district head of Nasarawa Mailayi, are alleged to have been aiding bandit activities in Zamfara
- Matawalle had earlier dissolved the state executive council with immediate effect, including the secretary to the state government and the chief of staff
Gusau, Zamfara - The governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has approved the suspension of the Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar and the district head of Nasarawa Mailayi, Bello Wakkala, over alleged ties with bandits in the state.
Daily Nigerian reports that the governor's media aide, Zailani Bappa, said in a statement issued on Monday, May 31, that the suspension was with immediate effect.
Legit.ng gathered that the governor also directed the district head of Dansadau, Nasiru Muhammad S/Kudu, to oversee the affairs of the emirate.
The statement read:
“Similarly, the district head of Nasarawa Mailayi Alhaji Bello Wakkala has been suspended from Office. His suspension is also with immediate effect."
The suspended monarchs will be investigated
The Nation also reports that the governor has approved the constitution of a high-powered committee of some credible personalities to investigate the activities of the suspended traditional title holders of Dansadau and Nassarawa Mailayi.
The governor said:
“The Committee members comprise DIG Moh’d Ibrahim Tsafe (rtd) as Chairman; Hon. Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma,Hon. Ibrahim T Tukur, Sheikh Ahmad Umar Kanoma, Sheikh Abdullahi Umar Dalla Dalla, Sheikh Kabir Umar Maru as members while Barr Abdurrashid Haruna will serve as secretary.
“His Excellency also wishes to re-iterate the order that Government Security agencies are to effectively implement the presidential order to shoot any bandit, person or group seen with guns other than those approved to lawfully carry guns."
Governor Matawalle sacks commissioners, SSG, others
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Matawalle dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect.
It was reported that the governor relieved the secretary to the state government, the chief of staff, and the deputy chief of staff of their appointments.
The report said that all chairmen and members of the state commissions and Boards of various agencies are also dissolved.
The head of the service has been mandated to oversee the office of the secretary to the state government.