A traditional ruler has been stripped of his title, over alleged drug-related offence, the Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, said on Thursday.
Mustapha, in a message at a one-day workshop for traditional rulers and local government councillors in Yola, Adamawa State, held to commemorate the 2013 United Nations (UN) Day against drugs abuse, illicit drug trafficking in Adamawa, said it was saddening to discover that traditional rulers were involved in drugs and other illicit activities.
“I am quite amazed by the involvement of some of us who have been implicated as sponsors of drug dealers. They should hide their faces in shame.
“To this effect, I have just ordered for the stripping of one of us of his traditional title,” Mustapha said.
Represented on the occasion by Alhaji Lawan Ribadu, Dan Galadiman Adamawa, the Lamido warned that any traditional ruler implicated and caught in drug abuse would face the full wrath of the law.
He, however, expressed concern over the frequent lobbying for bail or releasing of suspects involved in criminal activities, adding that the issue needed to be addressed urgently to ensure that those found culpable did not escape justice.
“During our meeting at the council, I have always rejected the involvement of some of us in drug trading and abuse. We have resolved in our respective domains that any district, village or ward heads caught in the web of trafficking or abusing drug will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.
Lamido emphasised that any traditional title holder involved in illicit drugs would face severe penalty, including dismissal, adding that what was expected from the traditional rulers was to be neutral, committed and plain in their dealings with public officials.
Mustapha urged traditional rulers to promote peaceful coexistence and sustainable conduct in their respective domains.