Emir of Zurmi in Zamfara State, Atiku Abubakar Muhammad, who was recently dismissed for allegedly aiding bandits in his domain, has been reported dead.
Reports available to us in Greenbareg Reporters online newspaper said that Atiku, who had suffered an undisclosed illness, died at a private hospital in Abu Dhabi in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.
A family member, Sani Zurmi, confirmed the development today, August 28. He said that the remains of the deceased is yet to be brought to Nigeria for burial.
“His remains are still in Dubai due to non-availability of plight to bring the deceased back home for burial,” Zurmi was quoted as saying.
Recall that the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle had in June 2021, suspended Atiku from being the Emir of Zurmi over his alleged involvement with bandits‘ activities in the kingdom.
Matawalle ordered the formation of a strong commission to investigate allegations that the suspended king was involved in the escalation of banditry activities in his area.
A statement issued by the acting secretary to the governor, Kabiru Balarabe, had revealed that the commission of inquiry into the suspended Emir of Zurmi would consist of eight members, headed by the state deputy governor, Ibrahim Wakkala, and would submit its report within three weeks.