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26 years after, Sokoto Govt clears the late Sultan Dasuki, approves benefits for family

by Our Reporter
The Sokoto State government has issued a white paper officially exonerating the late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki from allegations that led to his deposition in 1996 by the military government of General Sani Abacha.
The decision, based on a thorough investigation and detailed findings by an authorized committee, marks a crucial turning point in the case that has overshadowed the late Sultan’s legacy for nearly three decades.

The committee, led by the former Secretary to the Military Government and Head of Service, the late Muhammadu Jega, conducted a comprehensive study and investigation into the circumstances surrounding the government’s action against the late Sultan.

Their analysis concluded that there was no evidence to support any incriminating acts that would justify his deposition and further highlighted the denial of the Sultan’s right to defend himself as required by the laws of the land.

Speaking on behalf of the state government, the State Commissioner for Information, Akibu Dalhatu, and the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Suleiman Usman SAN disclosed that the white paper adopted the committee’s recommendation.

“The white paper adopted the recommendation of the committee, which said that the Late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki should be officially exonerated and cleared of any wrongdoing for posterity and paid all entitlements for the years he served as Sultan of Sokoto in accordance with laws pertaining to such entitlements,” they said.

They added that the approval of the white paper by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal during the sitting of the State Executive Council on May 25, 2023, demonstrated empathy and recognition for the late 18th Sultan of Sokoto.

The announcement has been met with widespread relief and satisfaction among the people of Sokoto, who closely followed the developments of the case. Supporters of Sultan Dasuki, who steadfastly maintained his innocence, feel that their unwavering faith in his character and integrity has been unequivocally justified.

The news of Sultan Dasuki’s exoneration is reverberating throughout the state, bringing a renewed sense of hope and closure to his family and well-wishers. The government’s commitment to securing his legacy and addressing the suffering endured by his loved ones through the provision of long-overdue benefits is seen as a significant step towards healing and reconciliation.

Sultan Dasuki, who served as the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, passed away in November 2016 at the age of 92.

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