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IN SYMPATHY WITH THE EMIRS OF ZURMI & DANSADAU

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We are compelled to raise this perspective for the purpose of record that, the detention of the suspended Emirs of Zurmi and Dansadau allegedly by Zamfara state government is completely a situation that calls for concern, especially looking at the conflict of interests that trailed the entire decision.

When the government announced their suspension over allegations of having connection with armed bandit activities sometimes in June last year, many people applauded the effort of the government for taking the most appropriate decision.

Suspension in criminal allegations is usually instituted to allow room for thorough investigation and at a speed point, the state government set up committees led by the former Deputy Governor Malam Wakkala and DIG Mamman Tsafe to investigate the matter and report back within two weeks.

Ordinarily and for many of us who are familiar with the operation of the government we knew it has taken the most appropriate steps, and we believed two weeks are adequate for the committees to investigate the allegations calls for witnesses and also forwarded report to the government for action.

But most unfortunately, the detention of the Emirs was extended beyond human consideration and the government was not mindful of the simple fact that, “an accused persons under Nigerian constitution are presumed to be innocent unless convicted by court”.

The two weeks investigation was cleverly extended to almost ten (10) months and without the government taking it as a moral duty to keep the people of Zamfara, especially the families of the detained Emirs updated about the development and living conditions of these monarchs who have been detained on yet to be established allegations.

As if we are not living under a democratic system, nobody cares to talk on behalf of these people by simply asking the government to be more concern about their fundamental rights to living, association with their family members and also dignity and expressions.

Neither the NBA nor the human right bodies care to talk about the injustice against these individuals who have been detained for ten months without arraignment and prosecution.

And because the society does not care more about the activities of the government, especially when it comes to observing the rights of others, the state actors went and sleep with these people in detention and with their family put in serious psychological trauma.

With the little effort and pressure mounted by some concern individuals and organizations including (Thunder Blowers) government was forced to awake in determining the fate of these traditional rulers.

No one is saying “they are not guilty of the allegations raised against them” but government should also be mindful of this simple fact that it is its responsibility in the spirit of natural justice to ensure speedy investigation and determination of issues raised against these people.

If they are guilty, appropriate procedures should be taken to get them prosecuted and if they are not,, they should be set free and get them reunited with their family members.

Funny enough, two weeks back we learned that the monarchs are to be arraigned before state magistrate court (1) and we followed up the matter only for us to realize that government is more than disorganized in the matter.

First of all, the police came to court with yet to be prepared charges and after some close door sessions and knowing fully the matter could not be determined by the magistrate based on the provisions of Zamfara Law No (7) they were returned to their detention base with agreement that they would be re-arraign the next day.

We came back with full force for the police to make the formal arraignment and get the matter transferred to the appropriate state high court, but only for us to be briefed by the counsels that the matter has been shifted to Thursday last week.

Thursday last week again, we learned that there was change of decision to arraign the two monarchs before the State Upper Shariah Court Samaru Gusau.

We waited again they could not be arraigned there for hours and nothing more again, but we later got the full pictures of what transpired between the state Ministry of Justice and Police.

Suddenly again, we have another dimension of the whole matter which is presentation of report of the committees that investigated the matter which was conducted Monday (yesterday).

Ordinarily, one will ask on what grounds will government arraign these people without collecting the reports of the investigation committees from the initial stage? because it is the report that will establish whether the accused is guilty or not?

Confidentially however, we have learned that the two committees have exonerated the Emirs based on the facts before them (we are not sure) but even if they are not exonerated, what sopped the government from collecting the reports and make the content of the report public for long so that public can be in clear picture of their true level of involvement in what the government is alleging against them or otherwise.

Now the government is cut in between arraigning the Emirs in court or setting them free if they don’t have the right charges to prosecuted them.

But the question that begs for answer is, whether the government is fair to them “in the principles of natural justice”?

Let’s assume they are set free for lacking in evidence to prosecute them in court, what would happen if they drag the government to court also seeking for enforcement of their fundamental human rights?

Will government also accused them of sabotage? If it does, then with which sense of morality? .

I think it is advisable for the current administration to be careful about matters involving human right because they are capable of bringing the imagery of the government down and also influence the people to loss hope in the sincerity in totality.

The case of the dethroned Emir of Maru Banaga Abubakar Chika Ibrahim is a clear one. He was detained for allegations yet to be established by the same government of Matawalle, and he is now before the Court of Appeal seeking for Justice.

The recent judgement of the Federal High Court Abuja on the dethroned Emir of Kano Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is enough to tell the government that, you can neither detained nor varnish an emir just like that and deny him the privilege of exercising his fundamental rights provided for him by the Nigerian Constitution .

Now the reports of the committees that investigated the two Emirs have been received by the government, people of Zamfara should keep their eyes on the watch and see what steps the government will take to ensuring justice to these prominent citizens of Zamfara.

May Allah guide us to the right path.

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ZMHA AMEND LAW ON AREA DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.

 

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ZMHA SCREEN FMR. BBC STAFF, TWO OTHERS AS SPECIAL ADVISERS.

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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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BILL ON ZAMFARA ANTI-THURGGERY AGENCY SCALES THROUGH FIRST & SECOND READING

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.

 

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