Two traditional rulers in Zamfara State have been suspended from office for allegedly violating government's  directives against banditry activities in the state. 

Senior district heads of Birnin-Magaji emirate, Aliyu Shehu-Maishanu and district head of Kaya in Maradun Local Government Area, Bello Maiwurno were suspended by the Zamfara government on Tuesday. 

The suspended district heads will also appear before the Investigation Department of the State’s Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for further questioning. 

Bello Dankande, the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy, Affairs, announced the suspension at a news conference in Gusau on Tuesday.

Dankande said the traditional rulers were suspended for violating the order banning sale of petroleum products in jerrycans earlier issued by the government.

"You know, recently we met with Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) where we banned the sale of petroleum in jerrycans and open tanks as part of measures to tackle security challenges in this state.

"We came up with that decision because we learned that some people were using that opportunity to supply petroleum products to the bandits in the bushes.

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"Unfortunately, these two district heads were suspected to be issuing illegal permit to some petroleum dealers in their areas to continue selling the product in jerrycans despite the earlier directives by the government in this regard," he said.

The commissioner said the state government was taking the measures to tackle security challenges facing the state.

“The state government would not tolerate any body involved in or supporting the criminals, no matter how big his position.”

He further told reporters that the state government and security agencies were recording successes following the measures.

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