Notorious bandit kingpin who was once wanted bags chieftaincy title in Zamfara
Ado Aleiro, the kingpin of banditry in Zamfara, has been given a chieftaincy title in the state.
The man was turbaned as Sarkin Fulanin Yandoto by the Yandoton Daji Emirate in Zamfara State on Saturday, according to the Daily Trust on Sunday.
The turbaning ceremony took place hours after the emirate announced that the process had been halted.
The Zamfara State House of Assembly amended the Zamfara State Emirate Council Establishment Law No. 15 of 2000 in May to allow for the establishment of two new emirate councils.
The law establishes two emirate councils: ‘Yandoton Daji Emirate with second class emir, which includes ‘Yandoton Daji, Keta, Kizara, Bawa-Ganga, Kwaren-Ganuwa, Danjibga, and Kunchin-Kalgo districts, with its headquarters in Birnin ‘Yandoto.
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Aleiro was billed for the turbaning by the Emir of Yandoto Alhaji Aliyu Marafa on Saturday. However, few hours to the ceremony, the process was halted on the orders of the state government, Daily Trust on Sunday learnt.
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The 45-year-old leads a group of terrorists that attack communities in Tsafe and Gusau (in Zamfara) and Faskari and Kankara in Katsina State.
The decision to confer the title on the banditry kingpin was premised on the pivotal role he played during a recent peace process locally arranged between the emirate and the bandits terrorizing Tsafe Local Government Area.
A source, who pleaded anonymity told the publication; “Aleru was in the forefront of the recent peace efforts in the two emirates of Yandoto and Tsafe.” Sunday Tribune source also revealed that stakeholders and elders recently met with the bandit leader for a peace deal.
“At the end of the meeting, he (Aleru) agreed to stop attacking the communities and villages in the emirate. He has also agreed to allow people to farm,” said the source.