Zamfara Monarch To Confer Traditional Title On Terror Leader

The turbanning is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 16, in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.

Emir of Yandoto and Chairman, Council of Chiefs of ‘Yandoto Emirate Council in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, Alhaji Aliyu Garba Marafa, is set to turban Ado Alieru (Aleru), one of the state’s top terror kingpins, as the new Sarkin Fulanin ‘Yandoto on Saturday, July 16, by 10:00 a.m. WAT. 

This was announced on Friday, July 15, at Yandoto JIBWIS Jumuat Mosque shortly after the congregational prayer of the Muslim faithful in the Emirate. 

Secretary of the Emirate Council, Malam Bello Yusuf, confirmed this development to HumAngle.

The information, which was conveyed to the JIBWIS Mosque Committee by the Emirate Council, cautioned youths in the area to stay away from the gathering if they are armed. This was disclosed by Aminu Mohammed Yandoto, who was at the mosque during the announcement.

Babangida Uba, a resident of Tsafe, was directed by the Emirate to make the announcement public. HumAngle gathered that top officials of Zamfara State Government and notable terror leaders are expected to grace the occasion organised by the Emirate. 

The terror leaders allegedly expected at the event include Ali Zakwai, Dogo Gide, Kachalla Turji, Danboko, Sanata, Isuhu Yelo, Damina, Mai Shamuwa, and Shadari amongst others. 

‘Yandoto Emirate Council was carved out of the Tsafe Emirate Council by the Zamfara State Government on May 18, 2022. 

The Council was also signed into law along with the Bazai Emirate by the Zamfara State House of Assembly, making it the 19th Emirate Council in the state. 

The two Emirates created under the new law were Yandoton Daji Emirate with a second-class Emir created out of the present Tsafe Emirate in the state. It consists of Yandoton Daji, Keta, Kizara, Bawa Kwanga, Kwaren Ganuwa, Danjibga, and Kuncin Kalgo districts with Headquarters at Birnin Yandoto.

The second Emirate is Bazai, also with a second-class Emir that comprises Bazai, Jangeru, Galadi, Katuru, Birnin Yaro, Tungar Kaho, and Tubali districts with headquarters at Jangeru.

When contacted for its official comment on the development, the Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, replied that “you need to contact the Emirate Council on this traditional title matters, not we the Police. Call us on criminal cases or security-related issues, please.”

Shehu advised HumAngle to “meet the Zamfara State Directorate of Chieftaincy Affairs or its Special Advisor.” 

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