ZAAR Sayawa Elders Forum of Zauren Baba Gonto in Bogoro Local Government of Bauchi State have asked for payment of compensation to the victims of December 2021 violence in Bogoro and Tafawabalewa local government areas of the state.
The elders in a press conference at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat Bauchi also demanded the apprehension and prosecution of those behind the violence that erupted at the headquarters of the two local government areas on 31st December 2021 during the 21st Baba Peter Gonto memorial lecture and book launching.
The Assistant Secretary of the ZAAR Elders Forum, Mr Yabra Isa appealed to the Bauchi State Government to pay reparations to the innocent victims of the conflict who lost their lives and property to a violence they are not responsible for.
He said ZAAR elders denounced in strong terms the violence in its entirety for the reasons of compassion for humanity and considering the devastations it inflicted on the lives and property of the innocent ZAAR people who gathered to remember the sacrifices of one of their founding fathers for their overall freedom.
He said Bar and Mwari communities of Bogoro local government are worst hit by the unfortunate incident.
Mr Yabra called on security agencies to investigate and apprehend the perpetrators of the act and make them face the full wrath of the law to serve as a deterrent to others.
He urged relatives of the victims to not take laws into their hands let alone to be tempted to venture into unnecessary reprisals that would scuttle efforts consolidated to maintain the relative peace in the area.
Wikkitimes recalls that the December 31st 2021 Bogoro and Tafawabalewa violence damaged the official cars of the emirs of Bauchi and Dass; property worth millions of naira burnt.
After the incident, Bauchi State Government sued a former Speaker of the House of Representatives who is the member representing Bogoro, Dass and Tafawabalewa at the lower legislative chamber of the National Assembly and 28 others over the violence.
Bauchi Emirate Council in its reaction to the attack on the Emir of Bauchi and Chairman Bauchi State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaimanu Adamu, suspended Mr Dogara from being the Jakadan Bauchi.
In a swift reaction to the accusations levelled on him, Yakubu Dogara denied sponsoring thugs to disrupt the 21st Baba Gonto memorial by causing violence in Bogoro and Tafawabalewa towns.