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.
Bala Mohammed, while setting up a panel of enquiry to unravel the cause of the killing on Friday 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 piece of land that 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.”
He said: “We are aware of the flagrant abuse of trust in the hands of local government chairmen, in the various LGAs, traditional institution and security are being abuse. We must do everything possible to stop this prevalence of this sharp practices that is causing so much pain to the common people –especially the Fulani people which is turning them to criminals because of loss of their means of identity,” Mohammed said.
He directed the panel not to spare anyone suspected to have been involved, while directing the panel to accord the due respect to the Monarch while his investigation must be done in his Palace.
He however set up a 13-man panel chaired by Air Vice Marshall, Tijjani Gamawa (rtrd) with security agencies, Attorney General of the State, Chairmen house Committee of security and local government and other stakeholders as members to come with a report on the issue.
The panel according to the Governor would determine the number of lives lost, level of body injuries and property destroyed in the clash. It would also make recommendation on measures to be taken against future occurrence.