BY SUZAN EDEH
BAUCHI—The traditional ruler of Bulama Maignama Arewa in Toro Local Government area of Bauchi State, Alhaji Bulam Yusuf has been suspended by the Bauchi Emirate Council over alleged involvement in the sale of plots of land allocated to displaced persons in his domain.
The suspension was contained in a letter by the Secretary of Emirate Council, Alhaji Maidawa Kafi to the Toro Local Government Council Chairman, Alhaji Isa Kufai which was made available to newsmen in Bauchi yesterday.
The letter stated: ‘’The suspension of the traditional ruler followed a complaint from the council which found him (traditional ruler) involved in selling plots of land allocated to displaced persons in Maigama village,’’ which has caused untold hardship to the displaced persons.’
The Emirate then directed the Katukan Bauchi and District Head of Toro Alhaji Adamu Waziri to investigate the matter even as the traditional ruler remained suspended.
Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Kufai told Vanguard in an interview, ‘’what happened is unfortunate, but we had warned all community leaders in the area to desist from any act that will tarnish their image.’’
Kufai, however, declined to give names of those who bought the plots; their original owners or the number of plots that were reportedly sold, as well as how much was realised and the next line of action after the investigations.
Efforts to get Yusuf Bulam’s comments on his alleged suspension failed as he was said to have gone to the state capital, Bauchi when Vanguard visited the village.
It will be recalled the state government in partnership with Toro local government, allocated plots of land in Maigama to those displaced from the recent Jos crisis in Plateau state.