The Zamfara State Government has suspended the Emir of Birnin ‘Yandoto of Tsafe Local Government Area, Aliyu Marafa, for conferring a chieftaincy title to a “notorious bandit leader”.
Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Sardauna, announced the suspension in a statement on Sunday.
Aleru was turbaned as Sarkin Fulani (Chief of Fulani) of Yandoto Emirate by the emir.
News of the turbaning ceremony along with photos went viral, generating outcry and outrage.
Eye witness report states that several bandit group leaders and lieutenants arrived at the venue of the occasion on several motorbikes to celebrate with Aleru during his turbaning.
A source said the decision to make the bandits’ leader a chief was aimed at finding lasting peace in Tsafe and the Yandoton Daji Emirates, and other areas that were regularly attacked by Aleru-led gangs.