As Zam­fara sanc­tioned tra­di­tional rulers over al­leged ties with ban­dits

Sunday Trust - - NEWS ROYALE - From Shehu Umar, Gusau

In a rare de­ci­sion, the Zam­fara State gov­ern­ment came hard on some tra­di­tional rulers with al­leged links with ban­dits ter­ror­iz­ing the state.

It was a strange devel­op­ment when the Zam­fara State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the de­po­si­tion of two and sus­pen­sion of two other district heads over al­leged links with sus­pected armed ban­dits and cat­tle rustlers in the state.

Their sack sent shock waves to many peo­ple in their do­main, the state and the na­tion for mon­archs who are ex­pected to pro­tect the peo­ple are the ones turn­ing against their own.

The state com­mis­sioner for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and chief­taincy af­fairs, Al­haji Bello Dankande Gamji, who made the an­nounce­ment, said any tra­di­tional ruler found want­ing would not be spared.

The district heads of Ruwan Gora in Bukkuyum Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area, Al­haji Ishaq Sadiq and that of Gwalli in Gummi Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area Al­haji Musa Gwalli were de­posed. District heads of Gyadu and Tun­gar Dutse were sus­pended. Al­haji Dankande Gamji said in­ves­ti­ga­tions into their ac­tiv­i­ties and links with sus­pected armed ban­dits had com­menced.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the state gov­ern­ment was de­ter­mined to get rid of the crim­i­nal el­e­ments and their cohorts and have di­rected all the 14 lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men to fully take charge of se­cu­rity is­sues in their re­spected lo­cal coun­cils.

He said whether the tra­di­tional ruler is an Emir, District, Vil­lage, Ward head or any­one found aid­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of armed ban­dits or kid­nap­pers in the state would be de­throned and pros­e­cuted.

The Com­mis­sioner also pointed out that all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men should sus­pend all projects with the ex­cep­tion of that of ed­u­ca­tion, health and wa­ter and then ac­cord se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty high­est pri­or­ity.

An of­fi­cial of the min­istry for lo­cal gov­ern­ment and chief­taincy af­fairs who craved for anonymity said it was not es­tab­lished fi­nally whether the mon­archs have links with gun­men or not.

He said: “They are with se­cu­rity operatives and in­ves­ti­ga­tion has com­menced. It is af­ter the con­clu­sion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion that the next line of ac­tion would be taken.”

How­ever, sources at the dis­tricts told Daily Trust on Sun­day that for a long time there have been se­ries of al­le­ga­tions on the tra­di­tional rulers’ link with sus­pected armed ban­dits and the

Zam­fara State Com­mis­sioner for Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and Chief­taincy Af­fairs, Al­haji Bello Dankande Gamji

Gover­nor Ab­du­laziz Yari of Zam­fara State

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