Kankara district head – Emir indicted for banditry

Sarkin Yusuf Lawan, the district head of Kankara, has been deposed from his throne in Katsina due to his involvement in banditry, according to Mamman Ifo, the secretary of the Katsina Emirate.

Mr Lawan, the traditional ruler of Kankara, a Katsina village where over 300 students were abducted last December, had previously been suspended by the traditional council on allegations of links to bandits.

Mr Ifo claimed that three weeks ago, a panel formed to investigate Mr Lawan found him guilty of aiding and abetting banditry in his village.

According to the committee’s findings, he also obstructed attempts to deal with the bandits.

Following Mr Lawan’s indictment, the state government sent a letter to Katsina’s Emir, Abdulmuminu Usman, ordering his dismissal, according to Mr Ifo.

After meeting with security officials and other stakeholders in the Kankara district, the investigative committee, chaired by Kauran Katsina, district head of Rimi, reached a decision.

Mr Lawan is the first district head in Katsina State to be suspended after banditry began.

Mr. Ifo mentioned that a new district head for Kankara will be named soon.

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