His Highness Jonathan Paragua Zamuna and His Highness General Aliyu Iliyah Yammah (retd. ), the traditional rulers of the Piriga and Arak Chiefdoms, respectively, have been cleared for removal by Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
According to a statement released on Monday by the state’s commissioner of local government, Hajiya Umma Ahmad, the two traditional leaders would no longer occupy their respective positions as of Monday, May 22, 2023.
The commissioner further stated that the depositions were conducted in accordance with the recommendations made by the Ministry of Local Government and 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.
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“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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