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Matawalle dissolves executive council, suspends emir and district head

Matawalle dissolves executive council, suspends emir and district head
June 01
10:02 2021

Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, has dissolved the state executive council.

The governor also approved the sack of Bala Mande, his chief of staff, and Bashir Maru, the deputy chief of staff.

According to a statement signed Zailani Bappa, his spokesman on Sunday, chairmen and members of the state commissions and boards of various agencies were also relieved of their duties.

Matawalle ordered the sacked commissioners to hand over affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries, except that of the ministry of security and home affairs.

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The statement, however, did not give the reason for the directive.

“His Excellency, Dr Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun, Barden Hausa, Shattiman Sakkwato) has today, 31st May, 2021, dissolved the State Executive Council with immediate effect,” the statement said.

“The Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff, and the Deputy Chief of Staff are also relieved of their respective appointments as well as all Chairmen and members of the state Commissions and Boards of various agencies are also dissolved.

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“His Excellency, however, directs that this dissolution does not affect Commissions provided for by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“In view of this directive, all Honorable Commissioners would hand over affairs of their ministries to their respective permanent secretaries, except Ministry of Security and Home Affairs which will be overseen by Rtd DIG Mohammed Ibrahim Tsafe. Chairmen of Commissions and Boards are hereby directed to hand over to their most senior directors. The Head of Service will oversee the Office of the Secretary to the State Government.”

In another statement by Bappa, Matawalle suspended Hussaini Umar, Emir of Dansadau in Maru LGA of the state for his alleged involvement in banditry.

The governor also suspended Bello Wakkala, the district head of Nasarawa Mailayi in Birnin Magaji LGA.

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“The district head of Dansadau, Alhaji Nasiru Muhammad S/Kudu will oversee the affairs of Dansadau emirate pending the outcome of an investigation,” he said.

Matawalle approved the constitution of a high-powered committee to investigate the activities of the suspended traditional rulers.

 

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