By Adeaze Lawrence
Zamfara state Governor, Muhammad Bello Matawalle, has dethroned two Emirs over alleged involvement in worsening the security situation of the state and land act violations.
According to a statement released by the Governor on Wednesday:
“The Emirs of Zurmi and Dansadau, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Alhaji Hussaini Umar have been deposed. The District Head of Birnin Tsaba, Alhaji Sulaiman Ibrahim Danyabi has also been relieved of his appointment.
“This follows a decision taken at a Council meeting chaired by the Acting Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Mohammed Nasiha Gusau held at the Council chambers of the Government House.
“The impeachment was revealed to the media by the state Commissioner of Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji Dosara immediately after the Council meeting.
“The Council upheld the recommendation of a six-man White paper committee set up by the Government to review the report of two separate committees earlier set up to investigate the involvement of the three traditional rulers in the activities of banditry in the state.
The three impeached royal fathers were earlier suspended by the state Government following wide allegations of serious involvement in the act of banditry in the state.
Findings of the committees also “revealed abuse of land act in their domain and the Government ordered the reversal to status quo involving the lands illegally allocated.”
However, some political opponents of Governor Matawalle describe the decision as “settling some political scores with the emirs” saying that “there could be more than the eyes can see” on the matter.