- Two prominent emirs in Zamfara state and a district have lost their royal seats for allegedly aiding bandits
- The affected traditional rulers are Emir of Zurmi, Abubakar Atiku, Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar, and Sulaiman Ibrahim, District Head of Birnin Tsaba
- The Zamfara state government also announced that all land titles issued by the dethroned traditional rulers will be revoked
Gusau, Zamfara state - The Zamfara state government has dethroned two emirs and a district head over allegations of aiding the activities of bandits terrorizing communities in the state.
Ibrahim Dosara, the commissioner for information in Zamfara, made the announcement on Wednesday, April 27, while briefing newsmen at the end of the State Executive Council meeting in Gusau, the state capital, Channels TV reported.
Those affected by the government’s decision include:
- Emir of Zurmi, Abubakar Atiku
- Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar
- Sulaiman Ibrahim, District Head of Birnin Tsaba
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“The council has approved the deposition of Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and that of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Umar.
“The council also approved the immediate removal of the District Head of Birnin-Tsaba, Alhaji Sulaiman Ibrahim.”
Land titles issued by affected emirs to be revoked
According to the commissioner, the government has also ordered that all land titles issued by the affected traditional leaders be revoked.
“The State Executive Council has also directed the state Ministry of Justice to issue an executive order to back up the council resolution,” he added.
Legit.ng gathers that the deposition of the traditional leaders comes 10 months after they were suspended by the state government.
It also comes days after the submission of the reports of the committees set up by the state government to investigate the allegations against the affected traditional rulers.
“The council upheld the recommendation of a six-man white paper committee set up by the government to review the report of two separate committees earlier set up to investigate the involvement of the three traditional rulers in the activities of banditry in the state,” said a statement by Governor Bello Matawalle’s media aide, Zailani Bappa.
“The three impeached royal fathers were earlier suspended by the state government following wide allegations of serious involvement in the act of banditry in the state.
“The findings of the committees also revealed abuse of the Land Act in their domain and the government ordered the reversal to status quo involving the lands illegally allocated.”
Zamfara governor buys brand new Cadillac, luxury cars for 260 traditional rulers
In another report, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle on Wednesday, April 6, distributed 260 cars to traditional rulers in Zamfara state.
The brand new vehicles including a Cadillac 2019 Model were distributed to 17 emirs, 13 senior district heads, and 230 district heads across the state.
This was made known in a statement issued by Zailani Bappa, special adviser public enlightenment, media, and communications.