Dukku Emirate

Dukku is a Local Government Area of Gombe State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Dukku. The Gongola River flows through the west and north of the LGA.

It has an area of 3,815 km2 and a population of 207,190 at the 2006 census. All the indigenous population of Dukku are Muslims, although there are Christian minorities who live peacefully with their hosts. Their major ethnic group is Fulani with Fulfulde being spoken as the major language followed by Bolewa, Hausa, Kanuri, Kare-Kare in no particular order.

The postal code of the area is 760.

The northeasterly line of equal latitude 14°N and longitude 14°E passes through the LGA about 6 km to the southeast of the town of Dukku.

History

The history of Dukku started in the 17th Century when Arɗo Sammbo, a leader of Fulani clan and his people with their cattle migrated from Fuuta Jallon in Guinea and settled in the present location. Another oral tradition says that the head of the Fulbe was Arɗo Almoodo or Almuudo.

Before they finally settled in Dukku, being herders, they wandered around in search of pasture for their animals. They first inhabited in a settlement, according to oral tradition called Kamanei. But they didn’t last there because of the tyranny of the king of Kamanei who had a randy male child that would go first to every bride on her bridal night. This custom didn’t augur well with the Fulani who settled there, especially one of Arɗo Sambo’s son, Yero Nanaro who took an oath that he would slay the prince when the latter came to his bride on their first night. And Yero lived to his promise by slaughtering the prince when he came to their bridal night.

This incident forced Arɗo Sammbo and his people to spontaneously leave Kamanei on that night and moved further south, nonstop for weeks until they got to a settlement in Bauchi State, where they divided into three, with one following Arɗo Sammbo or Almuudo moving west until they got to a place called Lumpaaso, some few miles away from present Dukku, at the bank of Gongola River, one of the tributaries of River Benue under the territory of a Bolewa Chief of Kalam named Moi Duja.

The Chief of Kalam, Moi Duja accorded them great hospitality by allowing them to settle in his territory. But no sooner had they settled in Lumpaaso than they realised that the place was not conducive for them with their animals as it was very close to the river which makes it difficult for cattle grazing. Thus they complained to the chief who in turned ordered one of his palace sentinels, Madaki Dishe, to show them a better and more convenient place in his territory, which is the present settlement of Dukku.

The name Dukku is a Fulfulde word. The town name was initially Dukku ƴori, a combination of Fulfulde word, Dukku (a command word for erecting a pole to which a cow is tethered) and Bolewa word, ƴori (it is okay), but later shortened to Dukku for convenience.

The town is the headquarters of Dukku Emirate created out of Gombe Emirate by the first civilian governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu in 2001.

List of Laamɓe Dukku

Dukku has had seventeen laamɓe (singular: laamɗo), traditional rulers:

  • Sammbo Geno ɓii Arɗo Abdu
  • Demmbo Dugge ɓii Idrisa
  • Muhammadu Gaaɓɗo ɓii Geno
  • Gorki ɓii Demmbo
  • Muhammadu Bello ɓii Gaaɓɗo
  • Yakubu ɓii Gaaɓɗo
  • Adamu ɓii Gorki
  • Adamu Dagaari ɓii Gaaɓɗo
  • Usmanu ɓii Gaaɓɗo II
  • Jibir ɓii Gorki
  • Sulaimanu Ankwai ɓii Gaaɓɗo
  • Adamu ɓii Sulaimanu
  • Sammbo Ñaande ɓii Jibir
  • Haruna Rashidu ɓii Yakubu I
  • Usmanu ɓii Tafida Baaba II
  • Abdulkadir Haruna Rashid
  • Alhaji Haruna Abdulkadiri Rashid II

Alhaji Haruna Abdulkadiri Rashid II

Alhaji Haruna Abdulkadiri Rashid II is the current 17th Laamɗo Dukku and the 2nd Emir of Dukku. He was preceded by his father Alhaji Abdulkadiri Haruna Rashid, the 15th Laamɗo Dukku and the first Emir of Dukku who died on 24th December, 2012.

He was born on November 24, 1960 and was named after his grandfather, and the 13th Laamɗo Dukku Haruna Rashid ɓii Yakubu I, son of Laamɗo Yakubu ɓii Gaaɓɗo, son of Gaaɓɗo ɓii Geno, son of the first Laamɗo Sammbo Geno ɓii Arɗo Abdu.

He started his education early in the traditional Qur’anic school system before enrolling into Dukku Central Primary School between 1967 and 1972 where he had his primary education. He also had his secondary school education in Government Secondary School, Misau as part of the pioneer students between 1973 and 1977. He started his working career in the former Bauchi State Civil Service as an Assistant Secretary, where he served for only two months and later joined the then University of Sokoto, now Usman Danfodio University Sokoto as a Graduate Assistant in the Department of Economics, serving for eight (8) years in the institution as an academic staff from 1982 to 1990 where he transferred his services to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 1990 starting from Lagos as Assistant Bank Examiner rising to the exalted position of Deputy Director and Branch Controller, Kano branch.

Before his ascension to the throne on January 4, 2013, he held the prestigious title of Sardauna Dukku since July 25, 1986. Former Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo presented him with a Staff of Office in a widely attended coronation held in Dukku on November 3, 2008.

He is currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the Gombe State University, Gombe.