Gov Aliyu Dethrones 15 Top Traditional Rulers

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Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has removed 15 District Heads from their positions due to allegations of insubordination, involvement in land racketeering, complicity in insecurity, and misappropriation of public properties.

In a statement released by the Governor’s press secretary, Abubakar Bawa, on Tuesday in Sokoto, the affected District Heads were listed, including those appointed by the former Governor Aminu Tambuwal towards the end of his tenure.

Bawa stated, “They were dropped due to the nature of their appointment which was, according to the statement, haphazardly done and rejected by their subjects.”

Among those dethroned are Marafan Tangaza, Sarkin Gabas Kalambaina, Bunun Gongono, Sarkin Kudun Yar Tsakkuwa, Sarkin Tambuwal, and Sarkin Yamman Torankavwa.

The statement also mentioned that cases involving District Heads of Isa, Kuchi, Kilgori, and Gagi have been recommended for further investigation.

Furthermore, the Sarkin Yakin Binji, a senior counselor in the Sultanate Council, was transferred to Bunkari, while the District Head of Sabon Birni was deployed to Gatawa.

Seven other District Heads were retained by the government, including Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar III Churoman Sokoto, Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki Maccido Barayar Zaki, Abubakar Salame Sarkin Arewan Salame, and Aminu Bello Sarkin Yamman Balle. Additionally, Mahmoud Yabo Sarkin Gabas Dandin Mahe, Mukhtari Tukur Ambarura Sarkin Gabas Ambarura, and Malam Isa Rarah Sarkin Gabas of Rarah District were retained.

The district heads of Tsaki and Asare were also retained, while Abdulkadir Mujeli, who served as Magajin Garin Sokoto, was instructed to return to his former position as Sarkin Rafin Gumbi district.

These decisions were made based on the recommendations of the Committee on the Review of Appointments of Traditional Rulers, Renaming of Tertiary Institutions, and the Dissolution of Governing Councils of State Parastatals established by the state government.

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