Emir suspends top officials for allowing Fulani herdsmen enter communities

The Emir of Borgu, His Royal Highness Muhammed Haliru Dantoro, has affirmed the prompt suspension of five senior Councilors of the Emirate.

This followed claims that they permitted Fulani herders enter communities inside the Emirate.

The approval was declared on Sunday by Abubakar Jibrin, Private Secretary to the Emir.

An announcement he gave clarified that the suspended Councilors’ action was contrary to the directives of the Borgu traditional ruler and the Niger State Government.

He said the decision was taken at an emergency meeting held at the Emir’s Gbemusu Palace.

“HRH declared the suspension of Wazirin Borgu, Ubandoman Borgu, Madakin Borgu, Garkuwan Borgu and Sadaukin Borgu with immediate effect.

“Moreover, a five man committee has been constituted by the Emir to investigate the activities that led to issuance of letters and subsequent entry of some Fulani into Borgu Emirate.

“The members include: Alh. Adamu Dodo (VC – Borgu Local Govt) as Chairman, Alh. Adamu Isah (Iyan Borgu), Mallam Saifullah Haruna, Mallam Abubakar Sadiq (Feby President) and Alh. Idris Isah (Danburam Borgu) as Secretary,” it read.

The committee has one week to submit its report for further action.

The ruler spoke to the residents of Borgu to remain peaceful and law-abiding.

Emir Dantoro guaranteed that he stayed focused on “securing their lives and properties without any compromise”.

In February, the Niger House of Assembly urged the State Government to declare state of emergency in the state.

The call was made in light of the uncertainty in nearby government regions including Shiroro, Munya, Rafi, Paikoro, Borgu, Magama, Mariga and Kontagora.

The lawmakers demanded strategies to stop bandits’ attacks as well as and stiffer punishments for criminals and their informants.