Zamfara Gov. Pardons Emir Who Honours Renowned Bandit With Chieftaincy Title

Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has reinstated Alh. Aliyu Garba Marafa as Emir of Birnin Yandoto.

In July last year, Matawalle suspended the emir for conferring a chieftaincy title on a banditry kingpin, Ado Aleiru.

Amid controversy generated by the conferment, the monarch had said Alieru was honoured based on the major role he played during a peace process arranged between the emirate and bandits who terrorised Tsafe Local Government Area (LGA).

In a statement on Sunday, Kabiru Balarabe Sardauna, Secretary to the State Government, announced the reinstatement of the emir.

Sardauna said Marafa’s reinstatement was based on the recommendations of the committee constituted to investigate the issue, adding: “The committee found no evidence of any ill motive or collaboration between the Emir and the bandit.”

The statement reads: “This is to inform the public that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, MON, (Shatiman Sokoto), has approved the reinstatement of Alh. Aliyu Garba Marafa as the Emir of Birnin Yandoto.

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