The Bauchi State government on Friday called for peace in Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa local government areas of the state following the arrest of the self-acclaimed Gung Zaar, Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (retd), and six others over the April 15 communal clash at Sang village.
The call was contained in a release signed by Mukhtar Gidado, the Special Adviser, Media, to the Bauchi State governor, describing Komo’s arrest as commendable and timely.
The governor’s aide stated that the attention of the state government had been drawn to the activities of some unscrupulous elements who wanted to disrupt the hard-earned peaceful coexistence prevailing in the state.
According to Gidado: “Part of their stock-in-trade is to enlist unsuspecting members of the public to embark on agitations following the commendable efforts of law enforcement agencies that have arrested one Air Commodore I. Komo, the self-acclaimed “Gung Zaar,” the Sayawa monarch.
“Government is aware that the timely action by security authorities was aimed at calming down tension in Bogoro Local Government Area and environs, where the self-acclaimed monarch has illegally appointed a local chief for Sang Village, which resulted in the disruption of peace by burning of houses and loss of one life.”
He stated that the action of the self-acclaimed Gung Zaar “contravenes Chapter 24, Sections 3 and 4 of the Appointment and Deposition of Chiefs Law of Bauchi State.”
Gidado further stated: “Government is very aware of its responsibility of protecting lives and properties of all citizens residing in the state as well as the maintenance of law and order.
“It, therefore, lauds the prompt action of law enforcement agencies on the arrest of suspects so far and directed that thorough investigation be initiated in conjunction with the office of the State Attorney General with a view to prosecute any person(s) found wanting in connection with this unfortunate incident.
“Government calls on the people of Bogoro and Tafawa Balewa Local Government Areas to distance themselves from persons and groups whose conduct and actions are capable of constituting a threat to peaceful and harmonious coexistence amongst our law-abiding citizens.”