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Seven Zamfara monarchs linked to kidnappers dethroned



Seven Zamfara monarchs linked to kidnappers dethroned

Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari

The state Governor, Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, has approved the dethronement of seven traditional rulers across the state.

It was gathered that the affected monarchs were were sacked their  alleged involvement in banditry and kidnapping activities the state.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Alhaji Bello Dankande Gamji.

He said the decision was taken following the indictment of the traditional rulers by a committee set up to investigate them.

Those dethroned are: District Head of Ruwan Gora in Talata Mafara Local Government Area, Alhaji Isa Balarabe, Ruwan Rana, Alhaji Altine Magaji and Ruwan Jema, Alhaji Sani Ruwan Dutse.

Others are Baichin Birane, Marafa Zubairu, the Village Head of Tugar Dutse, Hassan Muhammad, that of Gyado, Danjekan Gyado. The rest are district heads of Ruwan Gora in Bukkuyum Local Government, Alhaji Ishaq Sadiq and Gwalli in Gummi local government, Alhaji Musa Gwalli.

Among the deposed district heads was that of Gurbin Bore in Zurmi Local Government Area, Alhaji Bello Magaji, who was accused of conniving with kidnappers who abducted the wife and children of the state Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Alhaji Abdullahi Gurbin Bore.

The gang was said to have collected N10million as ransom and the traditional ruler was given N800, 000 even though he was promised N1million.

The governor said the security situation in the state needed drastic measures to curb and therefore the state government would not hesitate to bring to book any person or group of persons who are involved in the heinous acts of banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling.

According to him, the state government was determined to rid the state criminal elements and their cohorts, that was why local government chairmen were asked to fully take charge of security issues in their respected local councils.

He stressed that, “Whether the traditional ruler is an Emir, District, village or even ward head, anyone found aiding the activities of armed bandits or kidnappers would be dethroned and prosecuted after investigations.

An official of the ministry for local government and chieftaincy affairs who craved anonymity confirmed that the accused traditional chiefs were with security operatives and investigation had commenced.

He said it was after the conclusion of the investigation that the next line of action would be taken.


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