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Zamfara govt finally sacks Emir, district head over banditry

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The Zamfara state government has finally fired the previously suspended Emir de Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim, and the Kanoma district chief, Alhaji Ahmed Kanoma.

The two monarchs were suspended for allegedly being involved in armed banditry in their respective areas, so their subjects protested to Governor Bello Muhammed Matawalle, who immediately suspended the duo and created a committee to investigate them.

According to the letter signed by the state deputy governor, Barrister Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, the two monarchs were found guilty, and the crimes against them were found to be true.

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Noting that his sack would serve to deter other traditional leaders in the state, Gusau said: “We took this measure following the result of the investigation of a committee established by the state government to investigate some accusations directed against them.”

GISTOK recalls that both personalities were mistreated by their subjects a month ago in the city of Kanoma, and asked for their transfer by renting the air when Governor Matawalle made a sympathy visit to the families of 32 people killed by bandits.

The protesters severely beat the two monarchs in the presence of the governor for allegedly conspiring with bandits to carry out their heinous activities and urged the governor to remove them from office.

Matawalle immediately established a committee to investigate the problem, and after a series of investigations, it was discovered that the two monarchs were guilty of the accusations.