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Emir of Misau indicted over clashes, to offer public apology

Dereliction of duty “fuelled and escalated the fatal crisis in his domain."

The suspended Emir of Misau Ahmed Suleiman has been indicted for dereliction of duty that led to the communal clash which claimed 11 lives.

The emir is to apologise to the government in writing, said an Administrative Committee of Inquiry.

The committee was set up by Bauchi state Government into the Land dispute between farmers and herders in Zadawa district Misau local government area.

The committee has recommended sanctions against select traditional title holders and local government officials found culpable or complicit in the crisis.

The state government has accepted the committee’s recommendation to warn Emir of Misau, Suleiman for dereliction of duty which “fuelled and escalated the fatal crisis in his domain,” the government said in a statement signed the special assistant to Adamawa government on media, Mukhtari Gidado.

“The Misau Emirate Council is to ensure that Ibrahim Yusuf Atiku is immediately relieved of his appointment from the post of Wakili of Zadawa Village Head. Government also accepts the recommendation of the committee for the Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice to liaise with the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State to arrest and prosecute Ibrahim Yusuf Atiku for fraudulent allocation of the forest and extortion of money from the allotees”, the statement said.

The statement said that Director Administration and General Services, Malan Sule Abba, The Director Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malam Baba Waziri, and Director of Works Aminu Abdullahi Disina all of Misau Local Government Council are retired from the Civil Service.”

The committee also recommended further investigation of 16 people alleged to have vigorously participated in masterminding and fuelling the crisis.

The Secretary to the State Government is directed to ensure that the Police and Local Government Service Commission are involved in the investigation”, according to the release.”

On relief and assistance, the committee recommended some various degrees of financial Assistance to 10 people who lost their lives in the clash as well as 8 persons who sustained injuries and whose properties were lost as a result of the crisis.

The statement explained that Government accepted the recommendation of monetary assistance in that regard and has directed the Secretary to the State Government to ensure the payment of such relief or assistance to all the affected persons.

According to the release, “Government has also accepted the recommendation of the committee on the District Head of Chiroma Alhaji Ahmadun Amadu. The District Head remains suspended pending another investigation. Should he be found wanting he will be removed and prosecuted.”

The statement further noted that, “The Emirate council is to equally ensure that Ibrahim Yusuf Atiku is barred from aspiring to the office of Sarkin Zadawa in the event the position becomes vacant.”

A close associate of the Emir of Misau and traditional title holder of Cikasoron Misau, Babangida Zango, said everything would be left to God.

“The people of Misau knows better the attitude of the emir, they can bear him witness whether he is guilty or not of what they are accusing him. You and the public knows the antecedent and character of our emir, so we cannot respond to the issue of indictment because Allah is our judge. Whatever decision the state government takes, we have leave everything to Allah.”