Bauchi gov suspends Misau emir, others over herders’ farmers’ crisis

Bauchi state governor Bala Mohammed on Friday suspended the Emir of Misau, Ahmed Suleiman, and the district heads of Ciroma and Zadawa villages of Misau local government over the recent violent conflict between farmers and herdsmen that resulted in loss of nine people.

The governor had on Wednesday sacked the caretaker chairman of Misau local government area, Mohammed Tanko Gwaram, his deputy, Baidu Kafin Sule, and the secretary of the council, Usman Abdu, over the violent clashes.

Addressing journalists Friday, the governor Bala said the suspension of the traditional rulers followed the additional petitions received by the government from the people of the local government on the matter.

He said, “Following the receipt of additional petitions that we have at our disposal, we have decided to suspend the relevant traditional institutions in the area so that they will not interfere in the work of the committee.

“The traditional rulers are his royal highness the emir of Misau, the district head of Ciroma, the village head of Zadawa. These traditional rulers are hereby suspended. “They will remain in Misau, they are not allowed to go anywhere and they are to submit themselves to the administrative committee of inquiry.”

The governor said the investigative panel would be headed by retired Air vice marshal Tijjani Gamawa with representatives of the commissioner of police, the director, DSS,  civil defence and the attorney-general of the state.

Others included the chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Security; chairman, House of Assembly Committee on Local Governments; SSA, security and the Commissioner for Local Governments.

He charged them to gather important information and submit its report within three weeks, and gave the assurance that “anyone found to be directly or indirectly involved would be dealt with.”

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