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Published On: Fri, Jun 19th, 2020

Adamawa communal crisis: Hausa-Fulani community wants detained kinsmen released

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From Umar Dankano,Yola.

The Hausa-Fulani community of the attacked Tingno town in Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State has demanded the release of their 57 kinsmen arrested by the police over recent violent attack by Chobo militias.
They made the demand in Yola Thursday at a press conference accusing the Police Commissioner,CP Olugbenga Adeyanju and his men of injustice, bias and discrimination against their innocent people who were the victims of the communal violence.
Spokesmen of the community, Mallam Aliyu Tingno stated that the arrest of Hausa-Fulani of Tingno was a scene within a scene created by politicians that support Chobo tribe and the Adamawa police command was used in executing the mission.
Aliyu Tingno explained that the crisis happened as a result of the action of Chobo youths who confiscated a tri-cycle belonging to a Hausa man and refused to release it under the pretext that the owner wanted to hit them.
“The attack on the Hausa-Fulani community of Tingno resulted in the death of 58 innocent souls.However,only 47 corpses were recovered whereas some were burnt beyond recognition and many are still missing with no information as to their whereabout.
“60 people were fatally injured as a result of gunshots and were hospitalised at Yola specialist hospital among whom 2 died while 52 were discharged as 6 are still receiving treatment.
“The Hausa demanded for the release of the tri-cycle but the Chobo Youths became furious and embarked on a killing spree, destroyed properties and wealth belonging to Hausa-Fulani.
“We demand the immediate release of all those who are currently under detention by the Adamawa State Police Command unconditionally.
“We also call on the constituted authorities to upon the completion of the judicial commission’s work arrest and prosecute all culprits who proved to have a hand in the crisis.
“We call on the security agencies in the state to live up their responsibilities and to do their work as truly expected of them devoid bias, discrimination and injustice particularly on Tingno crisis,” the community demanded.
Reacting to the development, spokesman of the command, DSP Suleiman Nguroje said that the command of such complaints and the Commissioner of Police has already directed composition of a committee to verify such allegations.
DSP Nguroje said about the detention of their arrested people,the command is the one suffering the burden as the courts are not in session due to COVID 19 .
He added that the command is the one chartering for their daily needs stressing that once the courts reopen all would be charged for prosecution according to the provisions of our laws.

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