El-Rufai Deposes two Kaduna Monarchs,Sacks Three District Heads

The traditional rulers of Piriga Chiefdom,His Highness, Jonathan Paragua Zamuna and Arak Chiefdom, His Highness, General Aliyu Iliyah Yammah(retd.) have been deposed by the Kaduna State government.

While one was deposed for his non-residence within the chiefdom, the other was deposed for the manner he answered the query he was given .

The state Commissioner of Local Government, Hajiya Umma Ahmad, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, saying, their deposition has been approved by Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

Umma said that the two traditional rulers cease to hold their respective offices from Monday, 22nd May 2023.

The commissioner added that the depositions followed recommendations from the Ministry of Local Government in line with the provisions of Section 11 of the Traditional Institutions Law No. 21 of 2021.

According to the commissioner, “the District Head of Garun Kurama, 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.

“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 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 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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