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BAUCHI STATE: Violence erupts at Coronation of Hamlet Head of Sang

…One person killed at coronation venue. 

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

One person has been confirmed dead, while 65 houses were burnt, following a crisis that emanated from the coronation of a Hamlet Head of Sang, in Bogoro Local Council of Bauchi State. 

The Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Alh. Aminu Alhassan, has ordered full investigation into the communal clash that led to wanton destruction of property in Sang Village.

The man, who was confirmed dead, was 70 years old man. Several other persons were injured and houses set ablaze in the clash, which emanated from the coronation of the Hamlet Head of Sang.

A statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ahmad Muhammad Wakil, says the CP has directed the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Bogoro to launch full investigation into the cause of the crisis.

According to the statement, “The Commissioner of Police directed the DPO to commence a discreet investigation in earnest, to unravel the circumstances that led to this turmoil, while concerted efforts have been intensified in a bid to arrest the perpetrators of this dastardly act to face the full wrath of the law.”

According to him, “Further development will be communicated as the investigation unfold, while the CP appealed for calm, assuring that normalcy is being restored in the affected area.” 

He said, “On April 15, the Command received a distress call at about 7 in the evening on the crisis in Bogoro area, while preliminary investigation reveals that the communal clash in Sang Village of Bogoro Local Government Area was emanated from coronation of the Hamlet Head of Sang.

According to the statement, “Some irate youths with different functions protested against the coronation. This resulted in an attack on innocent citizens, as the irate youths set 64 houses, three motorcycles and properties worth millions of naira ablaze and one person, by the name of Apollos Danlami, 70 years, was killed in the fracas.

“The Command has deployed Police operatives comprising Tactical teams. Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and Operation Restore Peace swiftly responded to the distress call and their effort brought the situation under control.

“The area is relatively peaceful for now, and security measures have been reinforced in and around Bogoro LGA as the safety of the citizens remains the highest priority of the Command, while a work round-the-clock to keep harm at bay. Also, Visibility Patrol is ongoing to keep maintain public peace and order in the area.”

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