Matawalle lifts suspension on monarch who ‘crowned’ bandit

Months after being suspended for conferring a traditional title to one of the alleged most notorious bandits kingpins, Ado Aliero, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, Sunday, reinstated the suspended Emir of Birnin Yandoto, Aliyu Marafa.

The Emir was suspended since July 2022.

However, a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe, said the Emir was not found guilty of the offence he was accused to have committed when he appointed Aliero to the rank of Fulani leader.

“This is to inform the public that, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle has approved the reinstatement of Alhaji Aliyu Garba Marafa as the Emir of Birnin Yandoto,”

“His reinstatement is based on the recommendations of the committee constituted to investigate all issues pertaining to the conferment of a traditional title to a repentant bandit, Ado Aleiru.

“The committee found no evidence of any ill motive or collaboration between the Emir and the bandit.

“Based on the findings of the committee, the traditional title was conferred on the repentant bandit as part of peace-building efforts between the repentant bandits and banditry-affected communities in Tsafe and Gusau Local Government Areas, which include Yandoto town,” he said.

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