The Tangale Community Development Association (TCDA) has called on the Gombe State Government to lift the four-month-old curfew imposed on the state’s Billiri Local Government Area.
TCDA also said despite the curfew in place, “our men and women are being kidnapped at night.”
Daniel Maddo, member Board of Trustee of TCDA, flanked by other association officials, disclosed this in Jos, the Plateau State Capital, while briefing journalists.
“We urge the government of Gombe State to lift the longest curfew in Nigeria imposed on the Tangle people in Billiri Local Government since the 19th February 2021.
“Sadly, under this curfew, our men and women are being kidnapped at night,” the group decried.
“We urged the government always to use legitimate and lawful security agencies to maintain law and order within Gombe State and avoid using ‘Yan Kalare,’ hunters, and other illegal vigilante groups.”
DAILY POST recalls that On the 11th of January 2021, the 15th Mai Tangle, HRH Abdu Buba Maisheru II, died and was buried, which led to permutations for who would succeed him.
Members of the ruling houses indicated interest, and at the end of the day, 18 contestants emerged. Still, the State government postponed the election process ostensibly to enable the Governor to sign the Chieftaincy Law of Gombe State into law that was passed a long time ago but did not assent until the death of Mai Abdu.
On February 15, 2021, the Tangle Kingmakers made up nine people met, and a selection was conducted on the 18 candidates that indicated interest, out of which three people recorded votes. The votes of the kingmakers showed that Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba secured 5 votes, Danladi 2 votes, and Ahmed 2 votes.
The Kingmakers accordingly handed over the result of the selection to the Deputy Governor, who witnessed the process in the company of the Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs.
Sadly, the Governor went ahead and installed the aforementioned (Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba), despite just getting two votes, which has caused serious tension in the chiefdom.
The Group also called on the installed paramount ruler Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba in the interest of “peace, tranquillity and good governance,” to stop parading himself as the Mai Tangle (Paramount ruler of Tangle) in Biliri LGA of Gombe State.
The TCDA said in line with the chieftaincy law of the State and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba is the duly “elected and recognized,” Mai Tangle.
“That Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba (Danladi Maishanu) should stop parading himself as the Mai Tangle in the interest of peace, tranquillity, and good governance.
According to him, “In line with the Chieftaincy law and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended); Dr. Musa Idris Maiyamba is the duly elected and recognized 16th Mai Tangle.
The Group maintained that, if truly Mallam Danladi Sanusi Maiyamba is from the Tangle extraction, he would have respected and followed the guidelines of tradition.
The TCDA further stated that, as a peace-loving people, it has decided to approach the court to resolve the issues surrounding the Mai Tangle stool.
“The judiciary being the last hope of the common man, we hope it will rectify this great injustice done to Tangale people,” it stressed.
On inflammatory utterances of the governor of the state, TCDA said, “We hope the utterances of the Governor of Gombe State does not incite other groups against the Tangale nation as this could lead to genocide.”
However, the Tangale people said it would be approaching the court next week, as it could not do so due to the Judiciary workers’ strike.