Nigeria’s Zamfara State Suspends Emir For Title Conferment On Terror Leader

The Emir of Yandoto in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, conferred the title of Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto on Ado Aleru, a terror leader, on July 16, 2022.

The Zamfara State Government on Sunday, July 17, served an indefinite suspension letter to His Royal Highness Alhaji Aliyu Garba Marafa, the Emir of Yandoto Emirate Council, Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA) of Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria. 

Aliyu Marafa’s suspension is coming a day after he gave the traditional title of Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto (King of Fulani in Yandoto) to Ado Aleru, a popular terror kingpin who has terrorised farmers and residents in the communities of Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna and Niger states in the country’s northwestern region. 

The letter, signed by Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe Sardauna, said “Zamfara State Government has dissociated itself from the alleged turbaning of a Sarkin Fulani by the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area. In this regard, the State Executive Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON (Shattiman Sokoto) has directed for the suspension of the Emir with immediate effect.” 

The State Governor also appointed a six- member committee with Yahaya Chado Gora, an ex-lawmaker of Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives, to investigate the circumstances leading to the action of the Emir. 

The statement further said “Alh. Mahe Garba Marafa, who is the District Head of ‘Yandoto is hereby assigned to take charge of the affairs of the Emirate.”

Aliyu Marafa was just recently turbanned in May, 2022 as the new Emir of Yandoto by the Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle.

The announcement by the Yandoto Emirate on July 15, that a terror leader would be given a traditional title had led to public outcry, and although there seemed to be hesitation on the side of the Emirate early that day, the event later took place at about 2:30 p.m. WAT.

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