Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, has suspended the emir of Misau, Alhaji Ahmad Suleiman, over communal clashes between farmers and herders that has resulted in the death of nine persons and many injured.
The suspension of the emir and other traditional titleholders in Misau followed allegations of culpability and complicity in igniting the crisis, through shoddy deals, illegal confiscation and distribution of government lands. Governor Bala, who also suspended the village head of Zadawa and District Head of Misau, Ciroman Misau, also banned them from moving out of the local government until the committee set up to investigate the crisis finishes its assignment.
The suspension of the district heads, according to Governor Bala Moahmmed, followed a petition written by Fulani leaders in Misau local government area, alleging involvement of the leaders in illegal confiscation and distribution of land that ignited the Misau crisis.
“The traditional rulers and some disgruntled elements either masterminded or actively participated in this crisis. “As a responsible government that has the safety and wellbeing of its people at hearts, we will not fold our arms and watch the culprits go unpunished,”
Governor Bala vows. “We are, therefore, dutybound to make sure that we identify those people and bring them to book. “This will surely serve as deterrence to others who have similar intention,” he added. The governor said his administration would not spear anybody, no matter how highly placed they are, to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state.
The governor inaugurated a committee of inquiry headed by Retired Air Commodore Tijanni Baba Gamawa, and gave them three weeks to submit its reports.