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Tangale elders faults N592m compensation payment to victims of Billiri crisis

AHMED Ahmed
The Tangale Community Development Association, in Billiri Local Government Area of Gombe, has faulted the payment of over N592 million by the state government as compensation to victims of the crisis that engulfed the area in February, 2021.
Billiri Local Government area was on 19th February 2021 engulfed in crisis following the appointment of Malam Danladi Sunusi as the new paramount ruler of the community.

A communique issued by Mr Amana Agur, acting national president of the Association Thursday, stated that the figure was inflated and not commensurate with the losses incurred by the victims.

According to him, findings of the commission of inquiry established by the state Government revealed that majority of the affected stalls in Billiri market were owned by the Local Government council and not private individuals.

The group emphasized that the amount of money paid as compensation was just intended to plunder the resources of the local government council as ”only 12 stalls hired to private individuals were affected”.

It also decried the reconstruction of the damaged Billiri Kantoma market by the Kano state business community, saying ”we need inclusiveness in the entire process”.
The group also described the involvement of hunters in managing security in the area, as unwarranted,  demanding that they should be removed immediately and be replaced with local vigilante.

When contacted, Mr Ismaila Misili the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Gombe state governor, described the claims made by the group as ”baseless, unfounded and uncalled for”.

He said the N592 million compensation was paid to the victims only after careful and painstaking investigations, and evaluation of the loses suffered during the crisis.
Misill explained that the affected market was also being reconstructed through a Public private partnership PPP arrangement and not by any group as claimed by the association.

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