Gov. Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed of Bauchi state, has set up a 13- man panel to identify the cause of a communal clash between farmers and Fulani herders in Zadawa village in Misau Local Government Area of the state.
The governor also suspended the caretaker chairman, Misau local government along with his deputy over the incident.
Ten persons were reportedly killed on Monday, while several others were seriously injured following a communal clash that broke out in Zadawa Village of Misau local government area of Bauchi state.
According to reports, the clash was as a result of ownership of land in the surrounding settlement where herders were occupying for grazing over the years but was converted to farmlands by the authorities, a development that did not go down well with the herders.
Addressing journalists shortly after chairing an emergency security meeting, the governor said that the panel headed by Air Commodore Tijjani Baba Gamawa, is to submit its report within three weeks.
Governor Bala Mohammed said that the set up of the investigation panel is to enable the state government to avert future reoccurrence of such incident, not only in the area, but across the state in general.
He directed the State Commissioner of Police to mobilise mobile unit in Misau alongside personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in order to provide adequate security in the affected area.
Governor Mohammed said that the suspension of Misau Caretaker Chairman alongside his deputy and the secretary of the council was as a result of their failure to control the situation. The governor appointed Isah Kufai as sole administrator of the Local government.
The governor while calling on the people of the area to be law-abiding, warned that the government will not hesitate to arrest anyone causing unrest in the area, stressing that anyone found wanting, will face the full wrath of the law.
The governor also commiserated with the affected deceased families.