Emir of Minna suspends district head over forceful marriage

Mallam Bello Haruna, the District Head of Allawa in the Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, has been suspended by the Minna Emirate Council for participating in forcible marriage. The district head, who was accused of forcibly marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father, and ordering her to be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination for failing to respond to calls from Emirate council leaders seeking clarification on some of the complaints leveled against him.

The district head was accused of not possessing the leadership skills necessary for the peace and growth of the community he was chosen to lead in a letter written by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni.

 Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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