Missau killings: Gov. Bala Mohammed’s hammer falls on LG chairman

Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state has ordered the suspension of chairman of Misau Local government of the state, Yaro Gwaram, following the crisis that erupted between herders and Fulani farmers in the area, which led to the death of nine persons.

Also suspended with him were his deputy, Baidu Kafin-Misau, and his Secretary, Usman Abdu.

Nine persons were killed while several others sustained varying degrees of injuries on Monday during a communal clash between Fulani farmers and herders in Zadawa village of the council, over ownership of land in the surrounding settlement which herders are located.

Briefing the press shortly after a security meeting at the Government House on Wednesday, the governor announced the suspension three council executives.

At the meeting were some cabinet members, the Emir of Misau, traditional rulers, Miyetti Allah association as well as leaders of security agencies.

Mohammed said, “Looking at all the information at our disposal, we have decided that some decisive measures must be taken in order to avert the reoccurrence of this very ugly situation which we know is also brewing in other local governments and the Government of Bauchi will take a decisive decision to make sure we nip them in the bud.

“But in this particular case, we have decided to suspend the Caretaker Chairman of Misau local government area along with his deputy and Secretary to appoint an Administrator in the person of Isa Kufai, who was a former Chairman of Toro LGA.

“I have directed the Commissioner of Police to mobilise a mobile unit under his control and move to Misau, along with his colleague, the Commandant of the Nigeria and Security and Civil Defence Corps, so that we can provide security on the interim.”

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