The Zamfara state government has suspended Yandoton Daji emir Aliyu Marafa after he conferred a traditional title on a wanted terrorist,
Ada Aleru, the leader of a gang of terrorists who is known for his cruelty, became 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.
PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported on the Emirate Council’s decision to appoint Mr. Aleru chief who is considered one of the leaders of the ruthless bandits operating in Zamfara and Katsina states.
Emirate Council Secretary Bello Yusuf told PREMIUM TIMES that the decision to give the chieftainship title to Mr. Aleru was to ensure that peace returns to the emirate, Tsafe local government and Zamfara state.
He also said that the concession was made with the approval of state and local governments.
But in a statement signed by Kabiru Balarabe, the state government secretary, the state government said it had suspended the emir for appointing Aleru as chief.
The statement also disassociated the state government from Aleru’s appointment.
The emir’s younger brother, a district chief, Mahe Marafa, has been asked to take temporary charge of the emirate pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.
Balarabe said a committee has been appointed to investigate the circumstances that led to Aleru’s appointment.
The members of the investigation committee include: Yahaya Chado (chairman), Yahaya Mohd – Kanoma, Muhd Umar, Lawal Abubakar (Zanna), Isa Muhd – Moriki, while Musa Garba, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Justice will act as committee secretary.