The affected individuals are His Highness Jonathan Paragua Zamuna, the traditional ruler of Piriga Chiefdom, and His Highness General Aliyu Iliyah Yammah (retd.), the traditional ruler of Arak Chiefdom.
The news of their deposition was made public through a statement issued by Hajiya Umma Ahmad, the state commissioner of Local Government.
According to the commissioner, the two traditional rulers will no longer hold their positions as of Monday, May 22, 2023.
The statement clarified that Gomna Ahmadu, the Council Secretary of Arak Chiefdom, will assume responsibility for overseeing the affairs of the chiefdom.
Additionally, Ahmadu will initiate the process of appointing a new chief to fill the vacant position.
The decision to remove General Iliyah Yammah stemmed from his unsatisfactory response to a query regarding his appointment of four district heads, which contradicted the approved number for his chiefdom.
Furthermore, the government expressed concern over his failure to reside within the Arak chiefdom, leading to the decision to depose him.
The deposition of Jonathan Zamuna, on the other hand, was attributed to the recent communal clashes between the Gure and Kitimi communities in Piriga Chiefdom, situated in the Lere Local Government Area. Additionally, Zamuna’s absence from the chiefdom further contributed to the government’s decision to remove him from his position.
In addition to the deposition of the two traditional rulers, the statement also announced the immediate disengagement of the village heads of Aban, Abujan Mada, and Anjil in Arak Chiefdom.
The reasons behind this action were not explicitly stated in the statement.