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The Zamfara State Government has approved the reinstatement of Aliyu Marafa, the suspended Emir of Yandoto Emirate, who was asked to step aside following a popular call after a notorious terrorist, Ado Aleru, was named Sarkin Fulani in Yandoto.
PREMIUM TIMES last July report exclusively The emirate’s plan to honor Mr. Aleru is leading hundreds of fighters to terrorize residents and motorists in Zamfara and other north-western states. The emirate council said Mr Aleru would be turbaned as part of efforts to bring peace to the area.
He was eventually turbaned and then the state government, on the grounds that he was not consulted, suspended the emir.
On Sunday, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Kabiru Balarabe, the government said the decision to reinstate the emir was based on the recommendations of the panel set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.
He said the commission gathered that what the emirate council did was to prevent attacks and other terrorist activities.
“The commission has not found any evidence of bad motives or collaboration between the emir and the bandits.
“Based on the findings of the commission, traditional title was granted to the repentant bandit in Tsafe and Gusau Local Government Areas as part of efforts to build peace between the repentant bandit and the communities affected by the banditry which include Yandoto town,” the SSG. he said in the statement.
Mr. Balarabe said that the restoration has an immediate effect.
Mr. Aleru is one of the leaders of the terrorist groups in North West Nigeria.
He is known to operate in Tsafe local government of Zamfara and nearby Faskari Katsina State.
His armed group is believed to be responsible for the recent kidnapping of 85 residents of the Wanzamai community.
Zamfara, like other states in the north-west of Nigeria, has seen several attacks by terrorist groups, locally known as bandits.
The gangs have killed or kidnapped thousands of people in the last year.
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