Tingno Massacre: Hausa/Fulani Community Accuses CP Of Pouncing On The Prey, Sparing The Predators
* What the Commissioner of Police did on the 1st of June, 2020 was another wonders of the world; there is no way the alleged Hausa/Fulani culprits could have attacked themselves and destroyed their Properties by themselves; this is amazing indeed – Hausa/Fulani
The Adamu Mohammed Yola
The Hausa/Fulani, peace loving, peace living, busy engaged farming community that boosts the economy of Tingno, in Lamurde local government area, southern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, unleashed by ethno-religious violence, not unconnected with socioeconomic rivalry, has accused the Adamawa Police Command of doing the bidding of tribal politicians by sparing the predators, while singularly, pouncing on the preys while searching for their missing relatives; either dead or alive.
“The policemen who ought to protect us from the onslaught of the heavily armed tribal militia, who pointed out that they lacked the capacity and that we should have to protect ourselves, only returned after the killing of our people, to arrest some of our survivors who have been in mourning and were still searching their unarmed, rather innocent relatives, claimed by the massacre; considered as total elimination, the community was revisited by, in an advanced manner,” the spokesperson revealed to the Periscope.
In a press conference Thursday, in Yola, the Hausa/Fulani farming community of Tingno that was violently attacked by Chobo tribal militia, which was widely reported, led by Aliyu Tingno, alleged that the Adamawa Police Command has taken side with the tribal politicians in the conspiracy to cover the mass murders of their people, by arresting some of the survivors.
“From the record, it was the Chobos that attacked and killed the Hausa/Fulani and destroyed their properties in Tingno and Chito villages.
“There is no any record of any single lost of life or destruction of properties from the side of Chobos. Yet, the Adamawa State Police Command could not arrest any Chobo person who were the perpetrators of the killings/destructions.
“Therefore we, the Hausa/Fulani feel that the action of the Adamawa State Police Commissioner is a clear injustice, bias and discrimination against our people.
“It is also important to state that the arrest of Hausa/Fulani of Tingno, was a scene within a scene, created by politicians that support Chobo tribe and the Adamawa State Police Command was used in executing the mission in order to divert the attention of the Hausa/Fulani Community to withdraw from the act of the enforcement of their fundamental human rights infringed during the recent crisis and to discourage the Hausa/Fulani from presenting their actual cases before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the State Government.
Responding to our reporter, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Suleiman Yahya Nguroje, said that the Commissioner of Police, CP Olugbenga Adeyanju, fdc, welcomed such petition as it would help in assessing the level of discipline and fairness of the officers assigned to restore peace and point out the real predators to hold to the criminal account.
Below is the full text of the Hausa-Fulani position as presented:
PRESS CONFERENCE BY HAUSA/FULANI COMMUNITY OF TINGNO ON THE RECENT VIOLENT ATTACK BY CHOBO COMMUNITY OF LAMURDE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA ADAMAWA STATE, HELD ON THURSDAY, 18TH JUNE, 2020
Gentlemen of the Press!
We welcome you all to this press conference to high light the recent violent attack by the Chobo Community on peaceful Hausa/Fulani Community of Tingno, Lamurde Local Government Area of Adamawa State; The antecedents of the recent communal crisis that erupted in Tingno on Thursday, 14th and Friday 15th May, 2020 and to voice out the predicaments we are currently going through as a result of the unprovoked attacks unleashed on us by the Chobo tribe.
THE CAUSE OF THE CRISIS:
The recent crisis occurred as a result of the action by a group of Chobo youths, who confiscated a tricycle belonging to a Hausa man and refused to release it under the pretext that the owner wanted to hit them.
The Hausa people demanded for the release of the tricycle but the Chobo youths become furious and embarked on a killing spree, destroyed properties and wealth belonging to Hausa/Fulani.
The Hausa/Fulani are the major Famers in that area and had over the years acquired reasonable legitimate wealth; the Chobo are therefore not happy and have been looking for a slightest opportunity to violently eliminate them from the area.
THE PLIGHTS OF HAUSA/FULANI AS A RESULT OF THE CRISIS:
On Thursday, 14th May, 2020 at about 9:00am, the Tingno Community noticed that the Chobo Militia were assembling near their area carrying dangerous weapons (guns), they immediately reported the matter to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Tingno.
Regrettably, the DPO failed to take action to protect the community; this paved the way for the killings and destructions to commence.
The mayhem continued until late night when another contingent of Joint Security Team arrived from Yola at about 1:00am in three (3) Hilux Vans. After spending few hours they left and told the Hausa/Fulani to defend themselves under the pretext that they (The Security Team) were not well armed to defend them.
On Friday, the 15th of May 2020, a contingent of Mobile Police (MOPOL) was dispatched to the area. Unfortunately, they went and stayed at Lafiya Town.
The killings and destructions continued until when His Excellency, the Governor of Adamawa arrived with team of military and other security agencies who were left in the area to maintain peace and order.
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 victims were burnt down beyond recognition and many are still missing with no information as to their whereabout.
60 persons sustained various degrees of injuries resulting from gunshots and were hospitalised at the State Specialist Hospital Yola, where two died thereafter.
52 persons were discharged, whereas 6 persons are still on admission at the hospital receiving medical attention.
Apart from the foregoing, 60 people, many Hausa/Fulani sustained injuries and were treated at private clinics, patent medicine stores and herbal-healers.
Properties including houses worth millions of naira and three filling stations were destroyed.
Over 1000 people were displaced; mostly women and children. Majority of them were camped at Kupte Primary School in Lafiya-Lamurde.
It is equally important to state that, on the same 15th May, 2020, the Chobos also attacked Chito-Tudu and Chito-Gangare; another Hausa/Fulani Communities neighboring Tingno. They killed 15 persons and razed down the whole villages. Properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.
THE AFTERMATH OF THE CRISIS:
Despite the sufferings and the current plights of the Tingno Community, the Adamawa State Police Command arrested and detained 57 innocent Hausa/Fulani out of which, the Adamawa State Police Commissioner has, on 1st June, 2020, paraded 18 persons at the Police Headquarters, Yola before journalist as culprits.
Since then, those arrested have been in detention in various police cells without bail.
From the record, it was the Chobos that attacked and killed Hausa/Fulani and destroyed their properties in Tingno and Chito villages.
There is no any record of any single lost of life or destruction of properties from the side of Chobos, but yet, the Adamawa State Police Command could not arrest any Chobo person who were the perpetrators of the killings/destructions.
Therefore we, the Hausa/Fulani feel that the action of the Adamawa State Police Commissioner is a clear injustice, bias and discrimination against our people.
Gentlemen of the Press, what the Commissioner of Police did on the 1st of June, 2020, was another wonders of the world because, there is no way the alleged Hausa/Fulani culprits could have attacked themselves, and destroyed their properties by themselves. This is amazing indeed.
It is also important to state that the arrest of Hausa/Fulanis of Tingno was a scene within scene created by politicians that supported Chobo tribe and the Adamawa State Police Command was used in executing the mission, in order to divert the attention of the Hausa/Fulani Community to withdraw from the act of the enforcement of their fundamental human rights, infringed during the recent crises and to discourage the Hausa/Fulani from presenting their actual cases before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by the State Government.
Furthermore, even with the presence of security agencies in and around Tingno currently, the Chobos, in isolated cases do attack Hausa/Fulani in their respective farms and steal produce thereon.
They are also threatening to mount roadblock and confiscate vehicles/trucks that carry rice belonging to Hausa/Fulani that move in or out of Tingno Community.
The Hausa/Fulani people of Tingno wish to use this medium to appreciate His Excellency, the Governor of Adamawa State, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his prompt action on the crisis that erupted at Tingno on the 14th May, 2020.
Indeed, the governor’s quick intervention, which ensured the presence of security agencies in the Tingno Community was able to halt the escalation of the problem and has brought about reduction in the number of casualties against Hausa/Fulani.
We also appreciate the role the state government played in establishing a relief camp at Lafiya Lamurde town and the provision of free medical care and feeding of those at the camp and the hospital.
We also appreciate the constitution of the judicial commission of inquiry.
We appreciate the gesture of everybody that supported us, particularly, the Muslim Council of Adamawa State. May Allah SWT reward them abundantly.
DEMANDS OF HAUSA/FULANI COMMUNITY OF TINGNO:
The Hausa/Fulani of Tingno Community hereby demands as follows:
1. The immediate release of all those who are currently under detention by the Adamawa State Police Command unconditionally.
2 We call on the Judicial Commission of Enquiry constituted by the Adamawa State Government, to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the crisis and make just and fair recommendations to the government for implementation.
3. We 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.
4. We call on the Adamawa State Government and Lamurde Local Government to as a matter of urgency, resettle the destroyed communities and compensate fully all the losses incurred by the victims.
5. We call on the security agencies in the state to live up to their responsibilities and to do their work as truly expected of them devoid of bias, discrimination and injustice. Particularly, on the Tingno crisis.
6. We call on traditional leaders, especially His Royal Majesty Hama Batchama, the Paramount Ruler of Batchama Kingdom to maintain their traditional role as custodians of peaceful coexistence in their domains and not to be passive about serious issues, especially those that are likely to breach the peace and fundamental human rights of the citizenry.
The Hausa/Fulani of Tingno Community will continue to be law abiding, will equally do everything possible to maintain peaceful co-existence with all other tribes in order to maintain law and order in Tingno, the state and the entire nation. We are ready to provide all necessary information to the constituted judicial commission of inquiry with a view to bring the culprits to book and provide lasting solution to the crises and restore peaceful co-existence in the Tingno community and the entire state.
Gunmen Suspected to be Kidnappers Abduct Community leader in Yobe
Gunmen Suspected to Be Kidnappers Abduct Community Leader In Yobe.
By Umar Aina Damaturu
The incident happened in Mashio village of Fune Local Government.
Sources have confirmed that the community leader was forcefully dragged away in to the surrounding bush.
Residence in the village have raised concerns and fear as to whether the abductors are Boko Haram sects or Kidnappers.
Families of the victim have confirmed the development but security agencies have not confirmed whether the abductors are Boko Haram insurgents or not.
Yobe; Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
Yobe: Damagum Youths Making Sanitation Looks Easy
By Umar Aina – Damaturu
Damagum youths under the leadership of FUNE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND PROACTIVE ASSOCIATION continued with their unrelenting community works across Damagum.
The youths who have previously carried out some extraordinary and exemplary works have expanded their work across all community development related activities.
This time, the youths opened and sanitized an estimated 200 meters of drainage lines.
The event have witnessed the participation and presence of top Local Government officials from LGA DPM to Chairman Committee on Environmental and Sanitation.
The Chairman of the Association, Nasiru Usman depresses his delight while thanking the participants saying; “Words can’t describe my joys and delightfulness for this unprecedented job we are doing, I thank everybody for your hard work and commitment towards making our LGA great, thank you”.
Chairman LGA Environmental and Sanitation Committee, Sani Usman Awu in his speech; “I’m happy with you guys for this development which is rare and I want extend my profound gratitude to the participants, I also call on you to be committed in this historic development”
The Association will soon extend it’s activities to other parts of the local government area according to it’s Publicity Secretary.on
Adamawa; Communal Clashes; Between the Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, Where lies the Media Misfit, Mischief ?
ADAMAWA: Communal Clashes: Between The Deputy Gov and the Lunguda, where lies the media misfit, mischief?
* Crowther Seth who sues for peace says he will sue the media for for libel before the law
* In the Name of Peace, leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone – Deputy Gov media handler
* In the Name of Peace, don’t insult the media as being misfit or mischief, simply go to court for the alleged libel – The publishers, media managers
The Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Crowther Seth has said that he would sue the media for libel.
In a rather undiplomatic and insulting piece, seemed to be articulated by Mr. Seth’s media handlers and shared by the DG Communications to Adamawa State Governor Thursday, Mr. Seth technically denied that the Lunguda people who are reduced to refugees in their own community, have boo booed in the protest demanding for his removal as Deputy Governor for allegedly siding with a hidden villain, said to be the mastermind of wanton destruction of lives and property, resulting to the displacement of people as was reported by the media.
“Is this how bastardised a profession we now have on our hands?
“Is there no price for reporting what defames, embarrasses, lies against and discolours the truth?
“These media hack-writers must know and be prepared to pay the price for their unprofessional and unethical conduct and reporting.
“It is nauseatingly baffling that some of these media organisations that pride themselves as defenders of human rights bother less about hearing and weighing Deputy Governor Crowther Seth before going to town with their hastily cobbled pastiche of so-called news reports…just because their sole purpose was to satisfy the wishes of their paymasters.
“Well, the Office the Deputy Governor has assured that it shall sue.
“It is about time media houses learn some responsible journalistic ethics, even if they have to be taught by a few cases in court,” the piece read in part.
The Media managers in defence of their reporters, wondered what is unprofessional, taking the human angle, reporting the agitation of the aggrieved as it is?
“As for the media organisations who embarked on this campaign of calumny against the deputy governor, where is their honour as purported members of the Fourth Estate?” The piece in sympathy to Crowther Seth asked.
Campaign of calumny! didn’t it happen? Is it the media that has simply reported on the scene that should be challenged for libel or the aggrieved in protest?
Why didn’t the deputy governor who was right there, denied the allegation against him before the governor, in the name of peace?
In the name of peace, the media merely reported that “the Lunguda people of Guyuk local government area, southern senatorial district of Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria Monday, demanded the immediate removal of the deputy governor of the state, Mr. Crowther Seth over alleged alliance and clandestine romance with the suspected criminal and mastermind of recent attacks on Dumna-Boshikiri axis, Alh Halilu popularly known as Sarki Yaki (SY) of lafiya lamurde.
“The collective call by the Lunguda community came when the governor and his deputy visited to restore peace in the area.
The Governor was received by protesting against Crowther, crowd carrying placards with inscription: “Arrest Halilu (SY), he is the cause of the problem’’ ‘’Deputy Governor harbouring Halilu SY,’’ ‘’we support Governor Fintiri but Deputy Governor is complicating issues,’’ ‘’deputy Governor harbouring war monger halilu (SY)’’ the report read in part.
Now hear the introductory part of the piece on “In the Name of Peace leave Chief Crowther Seth Alone.”
“I read with great sadness the unprofessional and malicious reports in the media attempting, in vain, to link the deputy governor of Adamawa State, Chief Crowther Seth, to the unfortunate crisis that recently broke out between the Lunguda and Waja communities in Dumna District, Guyuk local government area of the state.
“Having digested the trash I read, I decided to refrain from replying and let things be but here I am responding to the feeble antics of desperate politicians who are envious of the superlative track record of the Ahmadu Umar Fintiri-led administration in the state.
“However, seeing that the architects of this defamatory campaign are bent on poisoning the minds of the good people of Guyuk local government area and the general public, it has become necessary to put the records straight.”
Put the record straight? What record and why was it not put straight before the aggrieved in protest when the governor paid an arbitration visit on Monday?
What’s the offence of the media? Is it simply for reporting?
How we wish that media would be represented in the administrative panel, whose outcome it is hoped, would put the record straight while wait to be invited before the law for alleged media libel against the deputy governor as he threatens to file.
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