Matawalle, Zamfara Gov Deposes Maru Emir Over Banditry

Bello Matawalle Governor of Zamfara State has approved the removal of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika and the district head of Kanoma Alhaji Lawal Ahmad.

A post on the governor’s twitter handle confirmed this. Also, a statement signed by the state Deputy governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, says governor Matawalle approved, on Friday, the deposition of the Emir and the district head with immediate effect.

It will be recalled that the duo were suspended last June following protests by their subjects amid allegations of connivance with armed bandits and cattle rustlers in the state.

Consequently, a committee headed by the former Inspector general of Police MD Abubakar, was constituted to investigate their involvement in armed banditry and cattle rustling. The committee, after discreet investigation, found them wanting and finally recommended the removal of the emir and the district head. The affected district head is also under Maru emirate council.

Banditry, cattle rustling and other vices which have led to hundreds of deaths and destruction of farms, villages and properties have been rife in the state for awhile.


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