Zamfara governor sacks Emir for aiding bandits, frees Fulani bandits in detention
The governor of Zamfara State, Dr Bello Matawalle has sacked the Emir of Maru, Abubakar Cika and District Head for allegedly aiding and abetting terrorizing the state.
Governor Matawalle also removed the District Head of Kanoma, also in Maru local government area, Alhaji Ahmed Kanoma.
News of the removal was contained in a statement signed by the deputy governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau.
According to reports available to ElombahNews, the governor had previously suspended the second class Emir for the same reason.
The two traditional rulers were on June 6, suspended by the governor following the way two rulers were manhandled by their subjects in Kanoma town early June.
They were manhandled in the presence of the governor when he visited the village to commiserate with them over the killing of 32 persons in the village by bandits.
Barrister Gusau stated that the two monarchs who were on suspension for allegedly being part of armed banditry in their respective domains.
They were finally stripped of their positions following the outcome of a committee’s investigation set up by the state government to investigate the allegations leveled against them.
The deputy said the two traditional rulers were found to have really committed the offences leveled against them by their subjects.
“Based on this the state government has no option than to remove them to serve as a deterrent to others”, the deputy governor said.
In another development, Governor Matawalle has granted amnesty to 150 inmates of the Gusau Maximum Security Prisons.
Recall that ElombahNews had, on August 7 reported that Matawalle will grant one hundred Fulani bandits currently in detention at Gusau prison amnesty as part of the peace process in the state.
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News of their release was revealed in a statement by Yusuf Idris, his Director-General, Press Affairs in Gusau.
The statement made available to newsmen said that those freed included five persons serving life terms.
It added that five condemned prisoners, 30 convicts, 60 awaiting-trial inmates and nine nursing mothers were among those freed.
Others included 41 persons freed because they could memorise the Holy Qur’an, those living with some form of disability, the aged and those who had spent more than 20 years without trial.
The statement quoted Matawalle as advising the freed persons to consider their freedom as an act of God.
It said that the governor also donated five cows, 100 bags of rice, five rams, some drugs and other food ingredients to the remaining inmates to celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.