Sokoto Governor Dismisses 15 District Heads Over Alleged Misconduct

Sokoto State Governor dismisses 15 district heads for misconduct, including land racketeering and misappropriation of public properties, in a bid to address corruption and strengthen the traditional institution.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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Sokoto Governor Dismisses 15 District Heads Over Alleged Misconduct

Sokoto Governor Dismisses 15 District Heads Over Alleged Misconduct

Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State has dismissed 15 district heads over allegations of insubordination, aiding insecurity, land racketeering, and misappropriation of public properties. The dismissals were part of the governor's efforts to address issues of misconduct among the district heads in the state.

The dismissed district heads were from various local government areas, including Unguwar Lalle, Yabo, Wamakko, Tulluwa, llela, Dogon Daji, Kebbe, Alkammu, and Giyawa. "The dismissed district heads were found to be involved in land racketeering and conversion of public properties for personal use," stated Abubakar Bawa, the governor's spokesman.

In addition to the 15 dismissals, six district heads appointed by the former governor Aminu Tambuwal at the end of his tenure were also removed. Their appointments were deemed 'haphazard' and lacked acceptance by the people in their communities.

Why this matters: The dismissals highlight the Sokoto State government's commitment to addressing corruption and misconduct among traditional rulers. It sends a strong message that insubordination and abuse of power will not be tolerated, as the state works to maintain stability and security.

Governor Aliyu also ordered investigations into the conduct of the district heads of Isa, Kuchi, Kilgori, and Gagi. Meanwhile, some district heads were transferred to different districts, including the Sarkin Yakin Binji who was moved to Nabunkari, and the district head of Sabon Birni deployed to Gatawa.

The state government retained seven district heads, including Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar III, Alhaji Ibrahim Dauki Maccido, Abubakar Salame, and Aminu Bello. The district heads of Tsaki and Asare were also retained, while Abdulkadir Mujeli was reinstated as Sarkin Rafin Gumbi based on recommendations from the committees reviewing traditional rulers' appointments.

Governor Aliyu's spokesman emphasized that the dismissals and investigations were necessary to address the issues of insubordination and corruption among the district heads. "The governor is committed to ensuring that traditional rulers in Sokoto State uphold the highest standards of integrity and serve their communities effectively," Bawa stated. The state government's actions aim to strengthen the traditional institution and maintain peace and order in Sokoto State.

Key Takeaways

  • Sokoto governor dismissed 15 district heads for misconduct, including corruption.
  • 6 district heads appointed by previous governor were also removed for lack of acceptance.
  • Investigations ordered into conduct of 4 other district heads, some transferred to new districts.
  • 7 district heads retained, 1 reinstated based on review committee recommendations.
  • Dismissals aim to address insubordination, corruption, and strengthen traditional institutions.