Brief History of Zangon Katab


By Abubakar Yakubu

Soon after the demise of Hahaha Pate in
1967, there was a decision to transfared
Alhaji Saidu Zango (late Iyan Zazzau and
District head of Sabon garin zaria) an
indigene of Zango to take over the
administration of Zango kataf District but he
declined as a result of high level of agitation
and demand for self autonomy by the
Katafmen (Atyap). For this reasons, Dan Iyan
Zazzau Alh. Saidu Zango and Dangaladima
convinced Sarkin Zazzau Muhammadu
Aminu to nominate a kataf (Atyap)
indigenous to head the district in order to
subsidize the high level of agitation.
Thereafter Mr Bala Dauke Gora was
appointed as a means of compensation
after the lost of an election bid to another
Katafman (Atyap) Mr Shekarau for the House
of Representative, Kaduna house of
Assembly in 1964.
Mr. Bala Ade Dauke Gora, Kuyanbanan
Zazzau was the longest District head of
Zango Kataf who ruled for 28 years
(1967-1995) until his appointment as chief
of AGWATYAP Chiefdom in 1995 after kataf
people (Atyap) were removed from Zazzau
emirate council by the Kaduna state
In June, 1995 Zango town was given a
partial autonomy of District ship again as
community by the sole administrator Col.
Lawal Jafaru Isa Former Governor of Kaduna
State and nominated Mal. Muhammadu
Balarabe as District head to represents
Hausa/Fulani in the Atyap Chiefdom
traditional council. However, Zango being
the only Hausa/Fulani community and
predominantly Muslim was also given a
Councilor seat in the Local Government. Mal.
Muhammadu Balarabe ruled Zango Urban
District for 19 years from between
(1995-2014). After the demised of Mal.
Muhammadu Balarabe. In August 2015, Alh.
Lawal ATK Zango was nominated to heads
ZANGO URBAN was a community in the
South-Eastern part of Kaduna state, about
two hundred and thirty 230 kilometers
away from the State Capital. The community
is situated between Lat. 9o N and Log. 8o E
(Wuye,1997). Early, during the reigned of
Jafaru Isiyaku Katuka in 1920s specified a
boarder of approximately 6.4 km for the
Hausa Fulani Community and endorsed by
the then colonial master. Aminu (2013)
mentioned that Zango Urban District has a
boundary with Zonzon in the North and
Magamiya and Kibori in the south while in
the east and west has a boundary with Asha
Awuce (mawashi) and Unguwan Wakili
respectively. The population size of Zango
Urban District with referenced to the 2007
population census shown a figures of

Historically, the composition of the
inhabitant of Zango Urban District was
mainly that of homogenous Hausa/Fulani
tribe and predominantly Muslim Faith unlike
their neighbors who are mostly Christians.
There are some few percentages of Yoruba
and Ibo national that are living with the
people of Zango for many decades.
There was no doubt that, Zango being a
transit route for traders and became the
center for buying and selling of goods since
eighteen century. Today, Zango town was
blessed to have many businessmen and
women. Thereby, Zango became the
commercial center to the southern part of
Kaduna state. Trading, small business, motor
mechanics, welders and so on and so forth.
the people of Zango were made enough of
money from transportation business, and
hardly enough to find someone living in
Zango without doing something.

Wuye J. M et-el (1997) Zango kataf crises: A
Case Study, Community Conflict in Nigeria,
P.223-243, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Aminu, T. Z (2013) Brief History of Zango: A
paper presentation at Nine Anniversary of
ZUFF and Award presentation, held on may,
june 2013 at SMC Kaduna.
Bobai U .M (2015) PA Bobai Ala: the
quintessential personality of Zaman Awon,
1882-1962, P. 9-19.
Weekly trust (2001) Katab, Hausas of Zango
Kataf in reconciliation process, Advertorial of
13-19 April, 2001, p. 28.
A memorandum of Zangon kataf riot by
Hausa/Fulani Community to Kaduna state
government, 2011, p 6-10
Zazzau Emirate Gazette, 1956.


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