Zamfara Assembly Suspends LG Chairman For ‘Fueling’ Insecurity

April 8, 2021
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Ahmad Abubakar, the Chairman of Maradun Local Government Area has been suspended by the Zamfara State of Assembly for allegedly working against government directives on security matters.

The suspension of the Chairman was announced by Speaker of the House, Alhaji Magarya following a petition signed by six concerned members of Maradun Local Government Area against the Chairman.

The petitioners accused the Chairman of lack of concern to the peace affairs of the Local government and not being able to perform his duties concerning the security issues of the Local government

The petition was signed by Bello Abdullahi, Tsibiri district; Aminu Sa’idu, Kaya district; Musa Muhammad, Damaga/Gamagiwa district; Mu’awiya Sardauna, Faru district; Aliyu M-Sulaiman, Gora district; and Bashiru Saleh, Gidangoga district.

The Clerk of the House,  Abdullahi Bayaro read the petition during the sitting.

Alhaji Dosara Faruk said the Assembly had received several complaints in the past about the lackadaisical attitude of the Chairman towards issues of security in the Local government.

Dosara who represents Maradun constituency 1 accused the Chairman of planning with vigilante group to chase away herders from Maradun against the directive of the State Governor.

He further said the Chairman is responsible for the lingering security challenges in the area, he said the State has directed that herders should move freely

He said the Vice Chairman should take over the affairs of the Local Government Area pending the period of investigation into the matter.

The house eventually agreed to suspend the Chairman. The house also suspended Alhaji Abubakar Rafi, the District Head of Boko West in Moriki Emirate, Zurmi Local Government Area

The district head was suspended after the lawmakers accepted the recommendations of its joint Committee on Public Petitions, State Security, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The committee had investigated allegations made against the district head of confiscating the farmlands of his subjects.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has reverted the upgrading of Bazai district to the status of Emirate and that of District Head of Talata Mafara as senior district head.

Former Governor Abdul’aziz Yari had in May 2019 upgraded the district head of Bazai, Alhaji Aliyu Muhammad to the status of Emir, and the District head of Talata Mafara, Alhaji Mukhtar Kayaye to the status of Senior District Head.

According to the speaker, “With this development, the emir of Bazai and the senior district head of Talata Mafara are to revert to their former status of district heads, respectively”.

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