Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has removed from office the traditional leaders of the Piriga and Arak chiefdoms, Jonathan Zamuna and Aliyu Yammah, respectively.
Umma Ahmad, the commissioner for local government in Kaduna, claimed in a statement on May 22 that Ahmad was removed because of his unsatisfactory response to the state government’s inquiry on the unauthorised appointment of four district heads and his non-residence within his jurisdiction.
Communal clashes between Gure and Kitimi communities and also his non-residence within the chiefdom led to the deposition of Zamuna.
According to the commissioner, their dismissal was in accordance with section 11 of law no. 21 of 2021 on traditional institutions.
“The district head of Garun Kurama, Mr. 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.
“Mr. 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.
“The government found unacceptable the response of HH 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 HH 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.”