Rural Banditry: Zamfara Suspends Two Traditional Rulers

The Zamfara State Government has suspended two traditional rulers over allegations of conniving with the bandits to carry out their nefarious activities in some parts of the state.

The suspended are the District Heads of Tungar Fadama in Bakura local government area, Alhaji Muhammadu Dantarau and that of Kuran Mota in Bungudu local government area, Alhaji Marafa Ibrahim.

A statement signed by the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Bello Dankande Gamji said the suspensions were parts of efforts being made by the state government to rid the state of those aiding the bandits no matter the status of the person.

He said a high powered investigative committee to be chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry has been set up with a mandate to unrevealed the culpability or otherwise of the two suspended village heads.

Gamji said the committee has one week to submit it report for the government to know the next line of action to be taken, but assures that if the two suspended traditional rulers are found wanting they will face full legal prosecution.

It will be recalled that the state acting governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Wakkala Muhammad had during his Sallah message lamented that the current insecurity in the state was a result of the attitude of the people which he said negates Islamic norms.

“We, the people of Zamfara, have been known for our adherence to the principles of Sharia and showcasing the virtues of Islam to the rest of the world. Today unfortunately, among us are those who aid the bandits by providing them with information, logistics and equipment to carry out their dastardly acts. We have discarded the Qur’anic and Prophetic injunctions on sanctity of human life”, he said.

 

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