Popular Northern Governor, deposes two Powerful monarchs, sacks three district heads


El-Rufai deposes two Kaduna monarchs, sacks three district heads


Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, has approved the removal of the traditional rulers of the Piriga and Arak Chiefdoms, His Highness, Jonathan Paragua Zamuna and His Highness, General Aliyu Iliyah Yammah(retired), respectively.



The state Commissioner of Local Government, Hajiya Umma Ahmad, disclosed this information in a statement issued on Monday, stating that the two traditional rulers will vacate their respective positions on May 22, 2023.



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


According to the commissioner, “the District Head of Garun Kurama, Babangida Sule, will oversee the affairs of the Piriga Chiefdom until a new chief is appointed, while the Council Secretary has been directed to initiate the process of appointing a new Chief.


“Gomna Ahmadu, Council Secretary of the 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 deemed unacceptable General Iliyah Yammah’s response to the question regarding his appointment of four district heads, contrary to the one approved for his chiefdom, and his non-residence within the Arak chiefdom.


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“Jonathan Zamuna was deposed as a result of recent communal clashes between the Gure and Kitimi communities of the Piriga chiefdom in Lere LGA and his non-residence within the chiefdom.”

The statement also announced the immediate disengagement of the village leaders of Arak Chiefdom’s Aban, Abujan Mada, and Anjil.



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