Zamfara government suspends Emir after coronation of wanted terrorist


The Zamfara State government has suspended the emir of Yandoton Daji, Aliyu Marafa, after he conferred a traditional title on a wanted terrorist.

Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Sardauna, announced the suspension in a statement on Sunday.

Aleru was turbaned as Sarkin Fulani (Chief of Fulani) of Yandoto Emirate by the emir.

Secretary of the Emirate Council, Bello Yusuf, told newsmen that the decision to give the chieftaincy title to Aleru was to ensure peace returns to the emirate, Tsafe Local Government and Zamfara State.

He also said the conferment was done with the approval of the state and local governments.

Ada Aleru, the leader of a gang of terrorists who is notorious for his ruthlessness, was made the Sarkin Fulani of the emirate.

His gang has been blamed for several attacks on communities in Katsina and Zamfara states where they are most active.

But in a statement signed by Kabiru Balarabe, the Secretary Government of the state, the state government said it suspended the emir for appointing Aleru a chief.

The statement also dissociated the state government from Mr Aleru’s appointment.

The emir’s younger brother, a district head, Mahe Marafa, has been asked to temporarily take charge of the emirate pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

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