Mas­quer­ades in­vade Kpanti Zing’s palace, sack mourn­ers

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ma­gaji Isa, Jalingo

Ma s q u e r a d e s , num­ber­ing about 300, at the week­end in­vaded the palace of Kpanti Zing in Taraba State.

The in­va­sion it was gath­ered was an at­tempt to take-over the throne of Kpanti Zing.

The late para­mount ruler, Al­haji Ab­bas Ibrahim Sambo, died last month in the Hajj stam­pede at Mina, Saudi Ara­bia.

It was gath­ered that the mas­quer­ades ar­rived the area from var­i­ous vil­lages in the chief­dom.

Daily Trust learnt that the mas­quer­ades forced their way into the palace and sacked mem­bers of the de­ceased fam­ily and other mourn­ers.

“We were re­ceiv­ing con­do­lences from friends and well-wish­ers fol­low­ing the death of the chief when sud­denly the Do­dos (mas­quer­ades) in their hun­dreds forced their way into the palace. The mas­quer­ades started flog­ging ev­ery­body in the palace and as a re­sult of that, all the mourn­ers as well as the en­tire fam­ily of the late Kpanti va­cated the place’’, a wit­ness said.

One of the mourn­ers and a close re­la­tion of the late chief who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity told Daily Trust that the mas­quer­ades told mem­bers of the royal fam­ily that they would oc­cupy the throne of the Kpanti and threat­ened to deal with any­body who dared them.

He said fol­low­ing the de­vel­op­ment, many res­i­dents of the town, es­pe­cially Mus­lims fled to other places for safety.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the state gov­ern­ment, in re­sponse to the sit­u­a­tion, ap­pointed the Wazirin Zing, Li­nus Ibrahim, as act­ing Kpanti Zing.

The ap­point­ment of Li­nus Ibrahim was an­nounced by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Bureau for Lo­cal and Chief­taincy Af­fairs, Al­haji Bello Yero.

Yero said Gover­nor Dar­ius ap­proved the ap­point­ment of Mr Li­nus Ibrahim as act­ing Kpanti Zing, pend­ing the elec­tion of the new one.

“Gover­nor Dar­ius has di­rected that nor­mal pro­ce­dure for the elec­tion of Kpanti must be fol­lowed,” Yero said.

How­ever peo­ple of the area blamed the state gov­ern­ment for the de­vel­op­ment.

They al­leged that its de­lay on the gov­ern­ment’s part to take ac­tion on the mat­ter led to the in­va­sion. Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that de­spite the ap­point­ment of the act­ing Kpanti, the mas­quer­ades re­fused to va­cate the palace.

An el­der in the chief­dom who also spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity blamed key politi­cians and top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in the area for the cri­sis.

‘‘It is sur­pris­ing to note that de­spite the pres­ence of se­cu­rity in the town, the mas­quer­ades sacked the en­tire fam­ily of the late chief in­clud­ing his two wives’’, he said.

When con­tacted, spokesper­son of the Taraba Po­lice Com­mand, DSP Joseph Kwaji, said se­cu­rity had been beefed up in the town and dis­cus­sion was on with a cer­tain group of peo­ple in the palace to­wards re­solv­ing the mat­ter.

He how­ever de­nied knowl­edge of the mas­quer­ades in­va­sion.

“Dis­cus­sions are go­ing on with some peo­ple in the palace and diplo­macy is be­ing ap­plied. There is no is­sue of ar­rest’’, he said.

Photo: NAN

Com­man­der of the Nige­ria Drug Law En­force­ment Agency for Adamawa, Mr Yakubu Kibo (left), pa­rades a sus­pected nar­cotic drugs dealer in Yola yesterday.

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