The Bauchi Emirate Council stripped former Special Duties Minister Bello Kirfi of his traditional title of “Wazirin Bauchi” and removed him as a council member for the second time in five years.

The decision was blamed on his “disloyalty and disrespect” to the governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed.

However, hours after Kirfi’s removal, one of his sons, Sa’adatu, resigned as state Commissioner for the Development of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises and as a member of the Bauchi State Executive Council.

The dismissal of the octogenarian was communicated in a letter addressed to him by the secretary of the Bauchi Emirate Council, Alhaji Shehu Muhammad.

The letter, dated January 3, 2023, with reference number BEC/ADM/20/VOL.XV, was titled “Removal of his position as a member of the council and traditional title of Wazirin Bauchi”.

It read: “I am directed to refer to a letter received from the Ministry of Local Government Affairs with the reference number: MLG/LG/S/72/T dated December 30, 2022.

“The content of said letter indicated his disloyalty and lack of respect for the executive governor of the state and the government. Therefore, its removal is ordered with immediate effect.

“In view of the above, you are hereby removed from office as Wazirin Bauchi and also as a council member of the Emirate of Bauchi.”

Meanwhile, in a letter addressed to Mohammed, through the State Government Secretary, dated January 4, 2023, Kirfi’s daughter announced her resignation.

The letter read, “Your Excellency, I wish to humbly submit my resignation as a member of the Bauchi State Executive Council and the Commissioner of the Bauchi State Ministry of Cooperative and SME Development with immediate effect.”

Kirfi, a retired federal civil servant, became Minister for Special Duties during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

the punch had reported that he was suspended by the Bauchi Emirate Council in March 2017 by the then-governor, Mohammed Abubakar.