Bauchi: Police confirm civil unrest in Bogoro over Gonto’s memorial
The Bauchi State Police Command on Friday confirmed the protest that broke out against the 21st memorial anniversary of Sayawa nation crusader, Baba Peter Gonto, in Bogoro, the headquarters of Bogoro Local Government Area of the State.
DAILY POST had reported that some irate youths stormed the venue of the memorial anniversary held at Government Day Secondary School, Bogoro, where they destroyed and set ablaze items put in place for the main memorial event.
The youths also blocked roads leading into Bogoro, preventing people from coming in or going out of the town and even attacked the convoys of the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Sulaiman Adamu and the Emir of Dass, Alhaji Bilyaminu Usman Othman.
They subsequently set some houses in the town ablaze, destroying property worth millions of Naira in the process.
Confirming the crisis, the command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a press release he signed on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Umar Sands and made available to DAILY POST, informed that hoodlums blocked the Bogoro-Tafawa Balewa highway, leading to civil unrest.
According to Wakil, a Superintendent of Police (SP), the unrest resulted in attacks on innocent citizens, burning of houses and blockage of some major highways by women and children.
The police spokesman further informed that the event centre was torched, while windscreens of vehicles were damaged.
“Sequel to recent directives by the Commissioner of Police, CP Umar Mamman Sanda, fdc, psc, mnim, deployment of police operatives/tactical teams to provide security to lives and properties before, during and after the memorial anniversary and book launch of late Baba Gonto of blessed memory.
“On 29/12/2021 at about 0945hrs a large number of hoodlums blocked the Bogoro-Tafawa Balewa highway thereby leading to civil unrest in protest against the 21st memorial anniversary of late Baba Gonto, a freedom fighter of the Sayawa people, which was organized by his children in collaboration with Zaar Development Association of which Prof. Suleiman E. Bogoro was the convener scheduled to hold on 30th & 31 December, 2021.
“Consequently, this resulted in, attacks on innocent citizens, burning of houses, and blockage of some major highways by women and children, the event center was also torched and windshield of vehicles damaged,” SP Wakil stated.
He informed that, “houses that were burnt include that of Mr Peter Roko, Eng Isuwa Galla, Mr Kura Sang KK, Sarkin Yaki Amos, Mr Habila Samu Sur, Mr William Wotni, Mr Mamaki Ishaya, Sarkin Bogoro Nuhu Tafida, Mr Luka Maiciki, Mr Gashon Godiya.”
The PPRO disclosed that the command had set up an investigative panel to unravel circumstances leading to the breakdown of law and order in the area.
“The Command has set up an investigation panel to unravel the circumstances surrounding the breakdown of law and order in the affected area and reiterates its commitment in the fight against criminality, while upholding the tenets of the rule of law,” Wakil stated.
DAILY POST reports that controversy had trailed the 21st memorial anniversary of the Sayawa nation freedom fighter and crusader, Baba Peter Gonto, with some Sayawa people, including a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara, calling for its being put on hold.
Some other people insisted that the anniversary must go on as scheduled, claiming that the event was meant to unite the Sayawa people.
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