Bauchi State Governor suspends Emir of Misau, district heads
Bauchi state Governor, Bala Mohammed, had on Friday suspended the Emir of Misau Ahmed Suleiman and some of the district chiefs over the roles they played in recent farmers, and herders clash that claimed many lives.
Governor Mohammed who announced the suspension at a press conference in Bauchi had earlier fired the caretaker council officials of Misau local government area over their poor handling of the conflict.
Days ago, a violent land dispute between farmers and herdsmen in Misau local government, led to the death of ten persons while many others sustained severe injuries.
The governor then promised to set up an investigation committee to unravel the root cause of the conflict.
However, the state government began to receive more petitions from concerned members of the community. They alleged that some monarchs are party to the conflict would use their influence to thwart the investigations of the government committee.
Governor Mohammed had to bow to pressure and announced the suspension of the monarchs .
“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, and 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.
Retired Air vice Marshal Tijjani Gamawa heads the government investigation panel with representatives of the Commissioner of Police, Director SSS, Civil Defense and Attorney General of the state as members.
Other members of tbe Committee are Chairman State House of Assembly Committee on Security, Chairman House Committee on local government, SSA Security and Commissioner for local governments.
Governor Mohammed urged the committee to “gather important information and submit a report within three weeks on the matter.”
He assured citizens of Bauchi that “anyone found to be directly or indirectly involved would be dealt with.”