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El-Rufai Removes Two Traditional Rulers


El-Rufai Removes Two Traditional Rulers

By Abdullahi Ahmad Bamalli

Days before his tenure expired, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has approved the resignation of the traditional rulers of Piriga and Arak Chiefdoms, Jonathan Paragua Zamuna and Aliyu Iliyah Yammah.

In a statement signed by the Commissioner of Local Government, Umma Ahmad said the two traditional rulers will step down from their posts as of Monday, 22nd May 2023.

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The statement added that the resignation follows recommendations from the Ministry of Local Government in line with the provisions of Section 11 of the Traditional Institutions Law No. 21 of 2021.

“The District Head of Garun Kurama, Mr. Babangida Sule, will oversee the affairs of Piriga Chiefdom, pending the appointment of a new chief, while the Council Secretary has been directed to initiate the process for the appointment of a new Chief.

“Mr. Gomna Ahmadu, the Council Secretary of Arak Chiefdom, will oversee the affairs of the chiefdom and also initiate the process for the appointment of a new Chief.”

According to the statement, “the government found unacceptable the response of HH General Iliyah Yammah to the query regarding his appointment of four district heads, contrary to the one approved for his chiefdom, and his non-residence within Arak chiefdom.”

“The deposition of HH Jonathan Zamuna follows the recent communal clashes between the Gure and Kitimi communities of Piriga chiefdom in Lere LGA, and his non-residence within the chiefdom.”

The statement also announced the immediate disengagement of the village heads of Aban, Abujan Mada and Anjil in Arak Chiefdom.

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