Billiri crisis: 8 killed, 51 injured, property worth N53.358m lost as Gombe government moves to compensate victims
Gombe State Governor, Inuwa Yahaya
By Akanji Alowolodu, Gombe
Six months after the Billiri crisis following the installation of a new Mai Tangale, it has been confirmed that 8 people died in the crisis while 51 others got various degrees of injuries just as properties worth N531,358,468.00 million were lost.
The disclosure was made by an assessment committee set up by the Gombe State Government to investigate the ill-fated Billiri Royal throne crisis in the early part of this year.
Rising from its State Executive Council meeting Wednesday afternoon, the State Government said that it is looking at the possibility of compensating those who were badly affected by the crisis in order to heal wounds and ensure that a lasting peace returned to the area.
According to the State Commissioner of Information and Culture, Mr. Julius Ishaya, while briefing newsmen at the end of the SEC meeting, a five-man committee made up of four unnamed Commissioners and the Chairman of Billiri Local Government Council, Margaret Bitrus, was formed to look at ways of compensating the victims.
According to the report of the assessment committee which the Council ratified during the meeting, 41 houses worth over N94,666,000.00 million were destroyed.
The report also stated that 401 cooperate business places, 335 individual business places as well as 66 others belonging to Billiri Local Government valued at N148,135,000.00 million were destroyed.
He further said that 33 worship centres worth over N33,129,000.00 million and other property such as cars, animals among many others worth over N31,480,000.00 million were destroyed, making a total sum of N542,258,468.00 million.
The Commissioner said that the Council mandated the five man committee to proffer ways of generating funds to compensate victims including the local council whose property were also destroyed.
It will be recalled that violence erupted after the people suspected that the State Government was about to subvert their choice of a new Mai Tangle because there was some days of silence by Government after the election of a new monarch by the Kingmakers resulting to rising tension which generated to a full scale violence on Friday 19th February, 2021.