The Police in Bauchi State on Friday informed the public that they have arrested a self-styled Gum Zaar, King of Sayawa, in Bogoro Local Government Area of the state in connection with the April 15 communal clash in Sang village as a result of the election of one Matthew Ishaya as the village leader.
The 71-year-old Gum Zaar, Air Commodore Ishaku Komo (retd), was arrested over the unrest along with six others identified as Matthew Ishaya, 56, Yakubu Bala, 65, Appolos Hassan, 72, Nathaniel Joshua, 40, Abenagu Zakka, 30, and James Dajum, 65.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, in a statement he signed and made available to DAILY POST, stated that the arrest of the suspects was the outcome of the preliminary investigation into the joint clash.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the communal clash in Sang village Bogoro LGA stemmed from the coronation of a village chief of Sang who retired Air Commodore Ishaku Komo who served as the Gum Zaar of Sayawa community, selected [in the person of] Matthew Ishaya as the village head.
“As a result, the clash resulted in attacks on innocent residents as the enraged youths set fire to 65 houses, three motorcycles and other properties worth millions of naira. And also one Apollos Danlami, 70, was killed in the incident while Naemiya Bature, 65, and six others were seriously injured in the incident,” Wakil said.
According to him, the investigation had established a prima facie case for offenses of criminal conspiracy, abetting disturbance of public peace, mischief by fire, causing grievous hurt and culpable homicide against the seven suspects, adding that a locally made revolver pistol, a cartridge and a knife were recovered as exhibits from them.
However, the police spokesman urged the public to disregard a viral video in which it was alleged that Komo was arrested, harassed and intimidated by security agencies. The video also alleged that security personnel were being used by prominent Bauchi and Northern governors who are Muslim to harass Christians in the state, especially those in communities that voted massively for the Labor Party presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election.
“Ordinarily, the command would have overlooked the viral issue but it has become expedient to rectify the matter as some members of the public are being misled by the fake section of the media,” he said.