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Bauchi Gov suspends Emir, district heads over killings

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Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has suspended the Emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmed Suleiman and all district heads in Misau Local Government area over a farmers/Fulani herders clash which resulted to the death of nine locals.

The skirmishes had occurred between the farmers and Fulani herders on June 29. The Governor had on Wednesday suspended the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the LGA, Mr. Yaro Mohammed Gwaram over the incident.

Mohammed, while setting up a panel of enquiry to unravel the cause of the killing yesterday, announced the suspension of the traditional rulers to “enable transparent investigation”.

“We have summoned a stakeholders meeting to take proactive measure about the situation and that has led to the suspension of the local government leadership and setting up administrative Committee to look into the matter.”

“Following the petitions at our disposal, mostly from Galala and others areas, we have decided to suspend the relevant traditional institution in the area, so that they will not interfere in the work of the panel. The traditional ruler, His Royal Highness, The Emir of Misau, District head from Chiroma, the village head of Zadawa, all these traditional officers are hereby suspended and must remain in Misau, they must not go anywhere and must subject themselves to the administrative Committee pending the time it is over,” the Governor said.

According to him, the Committee would investigate the root cause of the incident particularly in Chiroma where he said injustice and abuse of land use act happened. He said some pieces of land meant for herders were confiscated without due regards. The Governor vowed to deal with anyone or group that might be directly or indirectly involved in the incident. “There will be no sacred cow. All the disgruntle elements must be brought to book.”


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