The Hausa/Fulani Community of Tigno in Lamurde Government Area of Adamawa State has demanded for Justice and fairness over the recent communal conflict in the area.
Mr. Aliyu Tigno, a leader of the community, in a news conference in Yola, the state capital on Friday said that the demand was necessary to prevent future occurrence of the conflict and restore permanent peace in the area.
He alleged that the Hausa/Fulani community were the victims of the crisis with high number of deaths and casualties and at the same time were the only people arrested as suspects.
The community accused the Police of bias during arrest of suspects in connection with the recent communal conflict in Tigno.
“We demand the unconditional and immediate release of all those currently under police detention.
“We call on the Judicial Commission of Enquiry constituted by the state government to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the crisis and make just and fair recommendations for implementation.
“We call on the security agencies in the state to live up to their responsibilities and devoid of bias, discrimination and injustice, particularly, on the Tigno crisis,” Aliyu urged.
On the displaced persons, the spokesman of the community further demanded for the urgent resettlement of the affected communities and compensate all their losses by the state government and Lamurde local council.
Reacting to the alleged bias in arrest of the suspects in connection with Tigno communal conflict, police spokesman in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, said that the command would look into the accusation.
“It is normal for anybody or group who think that he was not given equal treatment to demand for justice and fair play.
“Now with this allegation from the community, we would embark on fresh investigation on the matter.
“The Commissioner of Police has vowed that any officer found to be biased in the cause of Tigno crisis would definitely face the wrath of the authority accordingly,” Nguroje said.
It could be recalled that the Tigno communal conflict occurred on May 14 and 15, during which about 60 people were confirmed killed and many injured, while over one thousand people, majority of whom were women and children were displaced.