The Tangale Community Development Association (TCDA), has advised the Gombe State Government to lift the curfew imposed on Biliri Local Government Area of the state.
Daniel Maddo, a trustee of the association, made the call at a press conference on Friday in Jos, saying that the curfew has lasted for over four months.
The state government imposed the curfew in the locality following the tension that followed the appointment of Mallam Danladi Maishanu, as the new Mai Tangale.
Maddo said the curfew, imposed since February, has hindered the people of the area from going about their lawful businesses.
“Even with the curfew, it has not stopped the isolated killings and kidnapping of our people at night.
“So, we urge the government to lift the curfew for the good of all,” he advised.
The Trustee also called on the government to reverse its decision on the appointment of Maishanu.
Maddo said that government’s action on the matter has violated section 21 (a) of the 1999 constitution (as amended) and the 2020 chieftaincy law of the state.
He explained that Dr Musa Maiyamba, in consonance with the customs and tradition of the people, was duly elected by the kingmakers as the new ruler after the demise of the former Mai Tangale, Dr. Abdu Maisheru.
He said the decision of the government to impose a ruler on the people has thrown the Tangale nation into serious confusion.
The Trustee further advised Maishanu to stop parading himself as the Mai Tangale, in the interest of peace and tranquility.
He said “In line with the State Chieftaincy law and the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Musa Maiyamba is the duly elected and recognised 16th Mai Tangale.
“Any other person parading himself as the Mai Tangale is an impostor, and so, we wish to advise Mallam Danladi Maishanu to stop parading himself as such in the interest of peace, tranquility and good governance,” he advised.
Maddo further said that if the government fails to reverse the decision, it would approach the court to seek justice and ensure that the right thing is done.
“Tangale people are peace loving and have decided to approach the judiciary in resolving the issues surrounding the stool.
“The judiciary being the last hope of the common man, we hope it will rectify this great injustice done to Tangale people,” he said.
The Trustee also advised the state government to desist from using private security instead of legitimate and lawful security personnel to maintain law and order in the area.