Katsina Royal Father dethroned on terrorism charges

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Katsina Royal Father dethroned on terrorism charges

Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano

The Makaman Katsina, District Head of Bakori, Idris Sule, has been dismissed by the Katsina Emirate Council over allegations of aiding terrorism in his domain.

The dismissal was contained in a letter dated 19 January 2023, signed by Kauran Katsina, Alhaji Aminu Nuhu Abdulkadir, the District Head of Rimi, saying the Makama was dismissed after a state government committee found him guilty of charges leveled against him by his people.

“Following a letter the emirate council received from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the State with reference number SEC/54/Vol. VI/1416, in which the executive governor confirmed that the allegations against you are true. The issues raised against you have led to the disruption of peace in your area. The emirate council, therefore, wishes to inform you that you’ve been relieved of your duties as Makaman Katsina, district head of Bakori,” Alhaji Abdulkadir, who is the senior Kingmaker at the emirate said.

Emirate spokesperson, Ibrahim Bindawa, confirmed the sack.

The sacked Makaman Katsina has joined a long list of monarchs in the North-west dismissed for allegedly siding with terrorists that have been unleashing mayhem on residents for over a decade.

The act of terrorism has led to the death and displacement of millions of people.

In 2021, the Katsina State government and the Emirate Council announced the dismissal of Sarkin Pauwan Katsina, the district head of Kankara, Alhaji Yusuf Lawal, who was found to be supporting terrorists and disrupting community efforts to fight the terrorists.

In Zamfara State, two second-class emirs of Zurmi and Dansadau, Atiku Abubakar and Hussaini Umar, respectively as well as the district head of Birnin Tsaba, Sulaiman Ibrahim, were sacked and later deposed for aiding terrorism in their respective domains.

A social historian, Baba Bala – Katsina said there are many factors that make traditional rulers collaborate with terrorists in their domains.

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