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Tension in Adamawa over appointment of paramount ruler

By Umar Yusuf

Yola — Tension is mounting in Adamawa State over the selection of Mr. Alhamdu Teneke as the new Hama Bata by the state government as the whereabouts of the chiefdom’s kingmakers are unknown.

Alhamdu, a retired Assistant Comptroller of Immigration, was last week appointed by the state government to succeed the late Saul Suade, who died in December.

Trouble started when four candidates indicated their interest to succeed the late paramount ruler.
Prominent among the contestants were Alhamdu Teneke and his younger brother, Chief Medan Teneke, a former Commissioner for Special Duties and the title holder of Sarduana Bata.

As the contest for the position got to its climax, the Bata Traditional Council and the Bata Kingmakers were divided along the two contestants.

The Bata Traditional Council and the state government favoured Alhamdu, who was later named the new ruler, while the kingmakers pitched tent with Chief Medan Teneke.

Speaking to correspondents in Yola, yesterday, on the crisis, Secretary to the Adamawa State Government, Mr. Kobis Ari Thimnu, said when the kingmakers were expected to present a candidate to the Bata Traditional Council for onward presentation to the State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, the kingmakers were nowhere to be found.

He said the state government waded into the matter after attempts by the Bata Traditional Council to prevail on the kingmakers to present a candidate for confirmation yielded no positive result.

It was at this juncture, he added, that the government in consultation with the Council of Chiefs and Emirs and Bata Traditional Council met and appointed Alhamdu.

Thimnu said the state government was left with no other option than to use its powers on the selection and deposition of Emirs and Chiefs to appoint Alhamdu Teneke as the new Hama Bata, saying the selection process was duly followed.


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