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His Highness Jonathan Paragua Zamuna, the traditional ruler of the Piriga Chiefdom, and His Highness General Aliyu Iliyah Yammah (retired), the traditional ruler of the Arak Chiefdom, have both been authorised for removal by Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
The two traditional rulers will no longer occupy their respective positions as of Monday, May 22, 2023, according to a statement released by the state’s commissioner of local government, Hajiya Umma Ahmad.
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The commissioner further stated that the depositions were conducted in accordance with Section 11 of the Traditional Institutions Law No. 21 of 2021 and Ministry of Local Government recommendations.
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.