The Zamfara State government has deposed two emirs and a district head on charges of aiding bandits terrorizing communities in the state.
The Emir of Zurmi, Abubakar Atiku, the Emir of Dansadau, Hussaini Umar, and Sulaiman Ibrahim, the former District Head of Birnin Tsaba, are among those affected by the government’s decision.
Mr. Ibrahim Dosara, Zamfara’s Commissioner for Information, made the statement to the media after the State Executive Council meeting in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday.
“The council has approved the deposition of the Emir of Zurmi, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and that of Dansadau, Alhaji Hussaini Umar,” he declared.
“The council also approved the immediate removal of the District Head of Birnin-Tsaba, Alhaji Sulaiman Ibrahim.”
The government has also ordered that any land titles issued by the affected traditional chiefs be annulled, according to the commissioner.
He said, “The State Executive Council has also directed the state Ministry of Justice to issue an executive order to back the council resolution.”
The traditional chiefs were deposed 10 months after the state government had suspended them.
It also comes only days after the state government’s panels investigating the claims against the impacted traditional rulers submitted their reports.
“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.”