Gombe State Government is to Set Up Panel of Inquiry over the Billiri crisis.
By Ben Ngwakwe Gombe
Following the Billiri crisis the Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya who presided over a State’s Security Council meeting has expressed dismay over the spread of fake news, especially through the social media by some unscrupulous elements who try to create a scenario of situations that were never there and therefore, directed security agencies to fish out those spreading fake news for the purpose of prosecuting them.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting on Monday 22nd February 2021, the Commissioner of Internal Security & Ethical Orientation, Mr Daudu Batari Zambuk who represented the Governor
also expressed sadness over the senseless killings and destruction of people’s property in Billiri with religious and political undertones.
According to the Council,Sixteen persons have so far been arrested and fifteen of them would be arraigned before a court of law in connection with the attacks, while the sixteenth suspect is a security personnel who is under further investigation
He stated that the Security personnel are already on the trail of the suspected masterminds of the mayhem while
an assessment team would be set up to determine the persons affected, properties destroyed and lives lost with a view to offering support to the victims.
“So far four (4) corpses have been recovered by the police”, stressing that
in view of the severity of the attacks, government has taken proactive measures in engaging with religious groups and all other stakeholders with a view to averting reprisal attacks with directives to Chairmen of Local Government Councils to put churches under security surveillance to forestall likely attacks by some unscrupulous elements.
He added that “Government will set up a panel of inquiry to get to the remote and immediate causes of the incident to avert future occurrence” while condoling the families of the deceased and prays for the quick recovery of the injured and those who lost property that God would replenish them.