Barau emerges new emir of Kontagora

Niger State Government has announced Mohammed Barau Kontagora as the new emir of Kontagora.

The announcement is contained in a statement issued by Mr Emmanuel Umar, the state’s commissioner for local government, community development and chieftaincy affairs.

According to the statement, the election of the 7th Emir of Kontagora was held on 19th September, 2021 in Kontagora.

The selection of the new emir, added the statement, was done by the Kingmakers of the Kontagora Emirate in line with the Customary Laws and Practice of the Kontagora Emirate.

“However, some aggrieved contestants to the stool petitioned the Governor of Niger State alleging some irregularities in the selection processes. The state governor, in response to the petition, acting on section 3(2) and 7 of the Chiefs (Appointment and Deposition) Law of Niger State 1989 (as revised) held series of meetings with the Kingmakers and also consulted the State Council of Chiefs.

“The Kingmakers during their meetings with the Governor affirmed that the selection followed the Customary Law of Kontagora Emirate and their decision was based on their own conviction without any undue influence.”

“Therefore, in line with the powers vested in the Governor under section 3 subsection (1) of the Chiefs (Appointment and Deposition) Law Chapter 19, Law of Niger State 1989 (as revised) and all other powers enabling him in that behalf has accepted the selection of and appointed Mohammed Barau Kontagora as the 7th Emir (Sarkin Sudan) of Kontagora Emirate,” the statement concluded.

Daily Telescope gathered that a dates for the presentation of staff of office and turbaning of the newly appointed Emir would soon be announced.

Daily Telescope recalled that 47 contenders contested for the seat following the death of the 6th Emir, Alhaji Saidu Umar-Namaska.

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