From Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state today suspended the Misau Local Government Chairman and set up a thirteen man panel to identify the cause of a communal clash between Fulani farmers and Fulani herders in Zadawa village in Misau Local Government Area of the state.
Addressing journalists shortly after chairing an emergency security meeting at Council Chamber, Government House Bauchi, the Governor said the investigation panel headed by Air Commodore Tijjani Baba Gamawa is to submit its report within 3 weeks.
Governor Mohammed said the timely set up of the investigation panel is to enable the state government to avert the occurrence of such incident, not only in the area but across the state in general.
He directed the State Commissioner of Police to mobilise mobile unit in Misau alongside personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in order to provide security in the affected area.
Governor Mohammed announced the suspension of Misau Caretaker Chairman alongside his Deputy and the Secretary of the council for failure to control the situation, appointed Isah Kufai as the sole administrator of the local government.
“After we discussed extensively with all the stakeholders on the current happenings in Misau Local Government Area where we had some clashes which resulted in the loss of nine lives and many injuries, we agreed to look into the situation to avert its reoccurrence.
“Based on the information on our disposal, we have taken measures to control this very ugly situation, we have decided to suspend the Chairman, his Deputy and the Secretary pending the outcome of the investigation panel.”
The Governor while calling on the people of the area to be law-abiding, assured that anyone found culpable will face the full wrath of the law, commiserated with the deceased family.