A panel of inquiry is to be set up by the Gombe State Government, Northeast Nigeria to look into the remote and immediate causes of the recent violence in Biliri over appointment of Mai Tangle.
This is part of the decisions taken by the State Security Council at its meeting on Monday presided over by Governor Inuwa Yahaya.
Other decisions taken by the Security Council are as follows:- “expresses sadness over the senseless killings and destruction of people’s property in Billiri with religious and political undertones
” The Council expresses 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. Council therefore, directs security agencies to fish out those spreading fake news for the purpose of prosecuting them.
” Sixteen (16) persons have so far been arrested and fifteen (15) of them will 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
“Security personnel are already on the trail of the suspected masterminds of the mayhem.
” An assessment team will 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
” 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
“Government will set up a panel of inquiry to get to the remote and immediate causes of the incident to avert future occurrence
“The Council consoles the families of the deceased and prays for the quick recovery of the injured and those who lost property that God will replenish them.