The Zazzau Emirate Council on Tuesday, slammed a suspension order on the Marafan Yamman Zazzau, Alhaji Mustapha Adamu, for flogging an alleged homosexual in the ancient city of Zaria, in Kaduna State.
A statement released by the Council’s Information and Communications Officer, Abdullahi Aliyu, said the indefinite suspension of the title holder, was with immediate effect.
Aliyu in the statement, said the suspension was a result of the Marafan Yamman Zazzau’s taking laws into his hands by flogging one Yusuf Yahaya (SABO) of Unguwan Magajiya Zaria City with sixty strokes of the cane.
The statement warned that Zazzau Emirate would not condone any act that violated laws and orders from any traditional title holder in the community.
It advised traditional title holders to always refer cases before them to the constituted authorities for proper adjudication rather than taking the laws into their hands.
The emirate assured the general public that it won’t take any act of injustice by traditional title holders against its subject lightly.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after his suspension, Mustapha Adamu, who until his suspension, was the Ubaidullah Marafan Yamman Zazzau, said, he disciplined Yusuf Yahaya (SABO) with 60 lashes because he caught him having carnal knowledge with a “small boy” behind his residence.
He also expressed dismay over the hasty decision taken against him by the Emirate council regarding the suspension.
He added that he expected the emirate council to refer him to the constituted authority for violating the Laws rather than the suspension order slammed on him.
He justified his action, noting that the culprit is “his son” and that he had the right to discipline him when he “goes wrong.”
The Ubaidullah Marafan Yamman Zazzau, however, accused some members of the emirate council of fueling the matter.