The Zamfara government on Thursday announced the immediate suspension of a first class traditional ruler, the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim, over alleged involvement with bandits in the state.
A statement signed by the Director-General to the governor on Press Affairs, Mr Yusuf Idris and made available to newsmen in Gusau yesterday, announced the suspension.
The statement also announced the suspension of Alhaji Ahmed Lawal, the District Head of Kanoma.
“His Excellency, the Zamfara State Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Emir of Maru, Alhaji Abubakar Cika Ibrahim (Banagan Maru).
“The governor also approved the suspension of the District Head of Kanoma, Alhaji Ahmed Lawal (Bunun Kanoma),” the statement read in part.
The statement said that Ibrahim and Lawal would “remain suspended pending the conclusion of an investigative panel soon to be set up by the state government.”
According to the statement, the suspensions followed series of complaints from the communities regarding the traditional rulers’ alleged dealings with bandits.
The statement directed the suspended Emir to hand over his official vehicle and all other government property in his possession to the most senior district head.