No fewer than three persons have been killed while several houses and properties were destroyed in the aftermath of the violent protest in Billiri over the selection of a new Mai Tangale.
It was gathered that the protest which was initially peaceful turned violent when it was hijacked by angry youths who went on rampage setting buildings on fire.
Source gathered that due to the crisis, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, the Governor of Gombe state, had to leave Abuja under short notice in a bid to visit Billiri. On reaching the place of the protest, the Governor accessed the level of damages done by the youths.
Speaking to Journalists at the popular Kantoma market which was burnt by the irate protesters, the Governor condemned the destruction by the irate youths and vowed to bring all the perpetrators to book.
He said that the state government will assist individuals who lost their properties in the destruction.
Inuwa Yahaya, “The incident represents a serious threat to peace and stability of Gombe State. Government is still in the selection process of appointing a new Mai but some forces took advantage of the development to cause mayhem just to achieve their personal goal which as you all witnessed today resulted in the loss of lives and property.”
“We condemn the criminal behaviour and actions committed by those unscrupulous elements and we sympathise with the families of those who lost their lives and property in this unfortunate incident.”
Meanwhile, the Governor was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau; Speaker of Gombe State House of Assembly, Abubakar Luggerewo, Majority Leader and some other members of the House.