Bauchi Police Arrest Local Chief, 6 Others Over Communal Clash

Bauchi Police Command says it has arrested Ishaku Komo, the Chief of Sayawa land and six others following the April 15 communal clash in Sang Village, Bogoro local council.

The clash claimed a 70-year-old man as others were injured. Over 70 houses and shops were said to be set on fire.

The command’s spokesman, Ahmad Wakil in a statement today reiterated that the crisis happened following the coronation of the Hamlet Head of Sang by Komo, a retired Air Commodore. This, he said, led to a violent protest by youth.

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“It could be recalled that on 15th April, 2023 at about 7.00pm, the Command received a distress call over an ongoing skirmish in Bogoro L.G.A of the State. Following the narratives, it has become imperative to update members of the public on the Command’s Investigative findings and position regarding the true rendition of the case.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the communal clash in Sang village of Bogoro LGA emanated from the Coronation one Mr. Matthew Ishaya as the Hamlet Head of Sang village Bogoro LGA of Bauchi State by Air Commodore Ishaku Komo retired, acting as Gung zaar of Sayawa Community.

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“The irate youth from different factions protested against the coronation of the new Sayawa Hamlet chief. This resulted in igniting the unhealthy and troublesome situation,” Wakil stated.

The statement said consequently it resulted in the attack of innocent residents as the irate youths set sixty-five houses, three motorcycles and other properties worth millions of naira ablaze.

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Those arrested include Air Commodore Ishaku Komo rtd, male (71); Matthew Ishaya, male (56); Yakubu Bala ‘m’ (65); Apollos Hassan (72); Nathaniel Joshua, (40); Abenagu Zakka, male (30) and James Dajum m (66).

According to the police spokesman, a locally-made revolver pistol and one cartridge and one knife were recovered from the suspects.

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